I’ve just started back at university to do my teacher training.
I’ve been lamenting to myself for a couple of days that I’m not going to have so much time for reading now (Anna Karenina has temporarily been returned to the Library having been requested by some History students), and then just caught myself on the phone to a friend saying “I’ve just got SO much reading to do!”
It really is amazing how we split our reading in to such seperate categories. I have spent a lot of today reading – it may be academic reading, but it is reading none the less! I’ve read about Behaviour Managment and Academic Awards. Most interestingly, I’m in the middle of reading about inspiring children to write and use ‘writing as a way of thinking’.
Opening the chapter called “Writing: Finding a Voice” – is a quote – attributed to Voltaire: “Find me a pen, I need to think.” I’m sure I’ve heard this before. I love it! It appeals to the philosophy student in me and makes me excited about studying the academic side of teaching English. The top of page 5 (of 23…I really do have a lot of reading to do this evening) cites some research by Graves:
‘Writing is extolled, worried over, cited as a national priority, but seldom practised. The problem with writing is not poor spelling, punctuation, grammar and handwriting. The problem with writing is no writing.’ (Graves, 1978).
I suppose that is partly why I started blogging. How can I stand at the front of an English class and insist my students write, if I don’t do it myself!
So now, I’m writing about reading about writing. I think I’d better get back to the reading…