I want to develop my own list of beliefs about writing. I believe that this will be a work in progress as I read through the entire book and reflect upon my own writing experiences. However, I will adopt the following:
My primary role is not to teach writing but to coach writing practice
As a teacher, I am a writer and will write with my students
I rely on students to help each other, to give feedback and support each other's efforts
I will build in time for writing
I will use excellent writing examples as models
Everyone can write, it is a craft that can be learned
I will offer students guidance on many ways to "get started, get it down, get it right, and check it out.
I will remember that there are as many ways to go through the writing process are their are writers.
I will work to build a writing-friendly environment in my classroom and adopt some of the activities outlined in chapter three to help build a supportive learning community.