Becoming Writers in the Elementary Classroom: Visions and Decisions
Katie Van Sluys demonstrates how to (re)claim our professional practice to ensure that young people have the opportunity to become competent, constantly growing writers who use writing to think, communicate, and pose as well as solve problems. Principles in Practice imprint
Listen to author Katie Van Sluys talk about her book with imprint editor Cathy Fleischer (11:34):
This book illustrates how teachers of elementary-age writers bring their beliefs about teaching and learning to life—through the visions they hold for writers, writing, and the world, as well as through the decisions they make every day in their classrooms.
Teachers today face contextual challenges and pressures that may conflict with their visions of effective teaching. Katie Van Sluys demonstrates how to (re)claim our professional practice to ensure that young people have the opportunity to become competent, constantly growing writers who use writing to think, communicate, and pose as well as solve problems.
Using NCTE’s Beliefs about the Teaching of Writing as a starting point for understandings about writing research and what it can tell us about effective writing practices in elementary classrooms, Van Sluys invites us to articulate our own beliefs as we explore why and what we write, how we write and how we teach, how we assess progress, and how we advocate for the practices we believe in.
Through real classroom examples and teacher and student reflections, she helps us understand how the decisions that both we and our students make today can help them not only learn to write well but also to use writing to create the world they want to live in.
Katie Van Sluys is an associate professor of literacy at DePaul University. Her work as a teacher, learner, and person is closely tied to the everyday lives of children and teachers as she works with school communities in capacities ranging from side-by-side learner, on-site university course instructor, literacy coach, student teacher advisor, study group facilitator, and literacy researcher. Van Sluys’s interest in the development of literate lives grows from her work as an elementary teacher in multilingual, international, rural, suburban, and urban contexts, and her interests lead her to work with multilingual learners, writing pedagogy and practice, critical and 21st century literacies, and learning communities dedicated to lifelong, life-wide growth for young people and educators alike.
Hear the author explain the structure of the book:
Principles in Practice imprint.
145 pp. 2011. Grades K–5.