IN MEMORY OF JAMES SLEDD
I WOULD LOVE TO START-UP A CENTER FOR WRITING STUDIES THAT ADVANCES THE CONCEPTS OF COMPOSITION TEACHING DETAILED ON THIS BLOG

TEACHING COMPOSITION THAT IMAGINATIVELY REENVISIONS AND CREATIVELY TRANSFORMS OTHER DISCIPLINES AND THE WORLDS STUDENTS INHABIT

AS TEACHERS OF COMPOSITION, WE CAN TEACH STUDENTS TO CREATIVELY AND PURPOSIVELY USE THEIR WRITINGS TO REIMAGINE THEIR WORK IN OTHER CLASSES AND TRANSFORM THEIR RELATIONSHIPS TO THE WORLDS THAT THEY INHABIT.  THIS INCLUDES TEACHING AND ENCOURAGING STUDENTS TO BE AS CREATIVE AS POSSIBLE IN HOW THEY IMAGINE WHAT THEY DO WHEN THEY WRITE AND TEACHING THEM TO UNDERSTAND THE POSITIVE AND TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF WRITING IN ENACTING SOCIAL AND EDUCATIONAL CHANGES. WE NEED TO TEACH STUDENTS TO IMAGINE WRITING AS AN INSTRUMENT FOR CHANGE AND FOR IMPROVING THE WORLDS THAT THEY LIVE IN AND THE LARGER WORLD BEYOND OUR CLASSROOM.  WE MUST GIVE THEM CREATIVE AND PURPOSEFUL ASSIGNMENTS THAT ALLOW FOR SUCH CREATIVE REENVISIONING.  AS ALREADY MENTIONED ON THIS BLOG, STUDENTS ARE BRIMMING WITH FRESH AND EXCITING IDEAS ABOUT HOW THEIR EDUCATIONAL AND SOCIAL EXPERIENCES CAN BE IMPROVED AND TRANSFORMED, AND WE MUST TEACH THEM THEY CAN USE WRITING TO DO EXACTLY THAT -- TO ENACT THE CHANGES THAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEE IN THE WORLD.  WE MUST TEACH THEM TO UNDERSTAND AND USE THE CREATIVE POWER OF WRITING TO CHANGE THE LARGER WORLD BEYOND OUR CLASSROOMS AND GIVE STUDENTS THE OPPORTUNITIES TO USE THEIR WRITING TO CREATIVELY REENVISION THAT LARGER WORLD.

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