If you already belong to a Teachers’ Writing group I hope that you can see your experience reflected in what we have written. You may see your own words on the page, alongside the words of other writing teachers who reflect on very similar experiences.
We have learned in the course of writing the book that we are at a point where we as teachers really can take ownership of the teaching of writing. We have learned that teachers who write have a rich, complex, nuanced understanding of writing and that children who work with them love writing. None of us have finished thinking about writing and about teaching writing. We want to know more.
We would like to continue writing together and thinking about writing and the teaching of writing.
Teachers’ writing groups are good for individuals and good for an emerging pedagogy of writing. They are good for children. They are strong, mutually supportive and professional communities of practice. They strengthen professionalism and are drivers for change. We believe that their singular strength comes from writing itself. It is good to be part of a group and to talk about our teaching and our lives. However, the act of writing strengthens and deepens that experience.
If you are or have been part of an NWP writing group, the content of many of the chapters will be familiar to you. We hope that you will also find new ideas and ways of thinking. If you are wishing to start a group of your own, we hope that this book will give you a good idea of how to do so. Do be in touch with us if you would like further advice and to be registered on the website.
This book is a product of where we are now. Having taken stock, we are already looking forward to where teachers’ writing groups can take us. We hope that you will want to join us.
NWP research director