Many teachers have their students write during class time. However, how many teachers actually have their students go through the entire writing process for an assignment in class? This does not mean writing quick responses or responding to essay questions on tests. All the work that goes into writing can include research, outlining, writing several drafts, and asking for peer or teacher help. Do teachers and students even have time to do this in class? The answer seems to be that they should make time. After all, it is not about the quantity of work that is accomplished it is about the quality of work.
In his article “Writing in Public (in the Classroom),” Ryan Cordell discusses the importance of making time for what he calls “writing in public.” He lists several benefits for why students should work on writing during class time. He believes that the overall benefits far outweigh the time that is lost and the content not taught.


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