Stepping into the Margins
The Art of Teacher(less) Composing
Keywords:low stakes writing, writing workshop, writing instruction, reflection, assessment, freewriting
A junior high teacher designed a writing class around freewriting with a series of routines that emphasize writer agency and a culture of support. This article chronicles how one teacher learned to believe in the value of freewriting as the core curriculum of her writing class. The author presents practices that evolved from Peter Elbow’s conception of freewriting, writing-related artifacts that support the development of a writing identity, and what a semester of freewriting suggests about the role of the teacher in a writing class.