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Teachers Become Students—and Writers—at Arkansas Writing Program

Publication: Northwest Arkansas Times
Date: July 24, 2008

Summary: Teachers at the Northwest Arkansas Writing Project's summer institute work on a variety of writing exercises and experiment with writing different types of material.


Excerpt from Article

A dozen area teachers visited the University of Arkansas this summer to learn how to be better writers.

Northwest Arkansas Writing Project Director Chris Goering said he hopes the teachers find a way to apply what they learn.

"We definitely hope teachers take it back to their students," Goering said . . .

"The idea is to get writing across the curriculum," said Mike Thomas, a teacher at Ramay Junior High who helps instruct the workshop.

Goering said the facilitators, in addition to the students, also write material for the anthology at the end of the course. The anthology pieces get critiqued by their peers and "fine tuned" before they are turned in, Thomas said.

"If they (teachers) become better writers through this, then they have a better way to relate to their students," facilitator Jamie Highfill said.


"Teachers Become Students at Local Writing Program" in the Northwest Arkansas Times

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