"I struggle, too, to figure out what I want to say ... as a writer. ... I bring in drafts of my writing for students to respond to in conferences. I take off the top of my head and write out loud in front of them...

I show them how I plan, change my mind, confront problems, weigh options, make decisions, use conventions to make my writing sound and look the way I want it to. I learned that I only have to write a little better than my students for them to learn from my demonstrations."

--Nancy Atwell, In the Middle: New Understandings About Writing, Reading, and Learning, 2nd ed., 1998.


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