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Ohio Teacher’s Writing Lessons Prove Power of the Pen

Publication: Columbus Local News
Date: September 10, 2010

Summary: Julie Johnson, teacher-consultant with the Columbus Area Writing Project, was rewarded with the national Donald H. Graves Award for her emphasis on the teaching of writing at Avery Elementary.


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Three years ago Johnson's recognition, in which she turned in a 75-page essay about three students as part of the application, would have come as a surprise. It was then she joined the Columbus Area Writing Project, an affiliate of the National Writing Project and aims to improve the teaching of writing in the classroom.

Johnson said the program, which is held in partnership with the Ohio State University and for teachers of all ages, helped validate what she was doing in the classroom and build the confidence to try new things.

Central to her educational philosophy when it comes to writing is for her students to mimic how adult writers work. Instead of assigning specific topics she lets students choose those they are interested in.

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