Katie Wood Ray has a passion for helping elementary teachers with writing instruction. Her books are excellent! Today I read this quote from her on Two Writing Teachers.
Everything we do in Writing Workshop teaches students. Either we can be walking, breathing, talking examples of all we advocate for our students, or we can have them sitting around wondering why we are trying to get them into something that we are obviously not into ourselves. They see me as someone who writes, which is how I'm asking them to see themselves, and this is a key ingredient to learning anything. They listen to me because they can see that I know what I'm talking about. You can't get that if you don't write. - Katie Wood RayIt's a good reminder of why teachers need to write. We need to know what we're talking about and have our students see us writing!