Donald Graves Prof. Myrna Monllor Prof. Helen Avilés "For years I've recommended that teachers write with their pupils, but very few have done that"
NCTE Donald H. Graves Writing Award http://www.ncte.org/awards/graves
Donald H. Graves • “Children want to write. They want to write the first day they attend school. This is no accident. Before they went to school they marked up walls, pavements, newspapers with crayons, chalk, pens or pencils…anything that makes a mark. The child’s marks say, ‘I am.”
Donald Graves • conducted studies on how childrenlearned to write • advocate of the writing process (prewriting, writing, revising, publishing) • believes teachers should write themselves • believes in children • choosing their own writing topics • writing almost every day • approaching revision naturally • learning the mechanics of writing through a combination of reading and writing
Misconceptions • Not much is expected from childrenwhen they choose their own topics • Mechanics are not important • Children do not need to write ifthey don’t feel like it
How to foster writing programs • teachers should get together,support each other, share ideas • convince others by showing children’s work • let children speak for themselves about what they have learned