Teaching Mindful Writers

Teaching Mindful Writers

by Brian Jackson


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Teaching Mindful Writers introduces new writing teachers to a learning cycle that will help students become self-directed writers through planning, practicing, revising, and reflecting. Focusing on the art and science of instructing self-directed writers through major writing tasks, Brian Jackson helps teachers prepare students to engage purposefully in any writing task by developing the habits of mind and cognitive strategies of the mindful writer.

Relying on the most recent research in writing studies and learning theory, Jackson gives new teachers practical advice about setting up writing tasks, using daily writing, leading class discussions, providing feedback, joining teaching communities, and other essential tools that should be in every writing teacher’s toolbox. Teaching Mindful Writers is a timely, fresh perspective on teaching students to be self-directed writers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781607329367
Publisher: Utah State University Press
Publication date: 05/15/2020
Edition description: 1
Pages: 298
Sales rank: 1,039,056
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Brian Jackson is associate professor of English at Brigham Young University, where he served as director of University Writing and worked with over 300 graduate instructors and adjuncts. His favorite course to teach is first-year writing. His work has appeared in Rhetoric Society Quarterly, College Composition and Communication, and other journals. He is coeditor of Trained Capacities (with Greg Clark), a book on John Dewey and democratic practice.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 3

Part I Designing Tasks for Mindful Writers

1 What Does It Mean to Teach Writing? 15

2 The Content of/Is Writing 26

3 Metacognition and Mindful Writing 33

4 The Learning Cycle for Mindful Writers 43

5 Meaningful Writing Tasks 48

6 Organizing Writing Tasks 61

7 Writing as (Meta)Thinking 69

Interlude: The First Day 75

Part II Plan

8 Planning and Thinking 83

9 Assess the Task 88

10 Set Goals 94

Part III Practice

11 The Essence of Teaching 99

12 The Lesson Plan 103

13 Daily Writing 110

14 Models (Or How to Teach Anything) 119

15 Class Discussion 131

16 Collaborative Learning 142

17 Teaching Reading 151

Part IV Revise

18 Revision as Mindful Writing 165

19 Responding to Mindful Writers 175

20 Grading Mindful Writers 187

21 Peer Feedback 195

22 Mindful Style 203

Part V Reflect

23 Reflection as Mindfulness 221

24 The Reflective Course 231

Part VI The Mindful Teacher

25 Mindful Teaching 239

26 Community 253

References 265

About the Author 283

Index 285

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