`Helps teachers see how to approach writing in ways that make it fresh, relevant, and accessible.'
-Carol Ann Tomlinson, Professor of Educational Leadership
University of Virginia
`True to one of the basic tenets of writing, the book shows rather than tells . . . . This makes for a fun and engaging read.'
-Erin Sullivan, Research Associate
University of Connecticut
`As a writing teacher for twenty-some years, I wish I'd had access to this material.'
-Marilee Sprenger, Educational Consultant
Seattle Pacific University
Are your picture-smart, music-smart, and body-smart learners lagging behind their word-smart and number-smart peers?
Donovan Walling offers innovative new ways to help these learners become effective writers! With an emphasis on matching teaching method to learning style and developing both basic writing competencies and higher-level thinking skills, this resource offers instructional strategies, sample lessons, and pathways to fluency that focus on
Organizing ideas "artistically"
Using walkabout strategies to clarify concepts
Using pattern and rhythm for writing sense, and much more
Twelve sample lessons and a learning styles self-assessment make this an essential resource for teachers, literacy coaches, and curriculum designers who want to expand writing curriculum and incorporate more non-linear methods into their instructional repertoires.
Donovan R. Walling is a writer, editor, educator, and consultant. He serves as a senior consultant for the Center for Civic Education. He has taught art, English, and journalism in the United States and abroad and has worked as a curriculum administrator in public school districts in Wisconsin and Indiana. From 1993 until 2006 he was director of publications for the education association Phi Delta Kappa International.
Walling is the author or editor of more than a dozen professional books for educators and numerous articles and other publications. He is nationally recognized in the field of art education, where some of his publications include Under Construction: The Role of the Arts and Humanities in Postmodern Schooling (Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, 1997); the Corwin Press books, Rethinking How Art Is Taught: A Critical Convergence (2000) and Visual Knowing: Connecting Art and Ideas Across the Curriculum (2005); the core chapter on visual and performing arts for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development's Curriculum Handbook (2002), and the "Art in the Schools" entry for Macmillan's Encyclopedia of Education (2003).
Walling's recent books include Public Education, Democracy, and the Common Good (Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, 2004) and Teaching Writing to Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic Learners (Corwin Press, 2006).