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Learning to Write and Writing to Learn in the Elementary School


by Mary Ellen Giacobbe — 1986

My sense is that learning to write and writing to learn are both going on at the same time in classrooms where teachers are focusing on writers who are also learners. Learners need time, choice, and response. I do not think teachers need to choose between learning to write or writing to learn. A productive classroom in any subject should provide opportunities for the student to wonder, to pose questions, to pursue possible answers, to discuss with others, to come to some conclusions—all in writing and all in an attempt to come to a greater understanding of what they are trying to learn.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 85, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 87 Number 6, 1986, p. 131-147
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19046, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 9:55:21 AM

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