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La Costa Canyon High School/San Dieguito Union High School District
Local Writing Project:
San Marcos Writing Project (SMWP)
School/Classroom Web site: https://sites.google.com/site/ewanczuk
Awards & Recognition
- National Board Certification
- SMWP Teacher Consultant
My local Writing Project has provided for me a wide network of quality elementary, secondary, and post-secondary teachers with which to collaborate and share best practices. Interactions with those quality teachers have informed my practice in the classroom, my inquiry into 21st century technology, and my quest to help students improve their writing.
Because of my involvement with my local Writing Project, I make more time for myself as a writer. I understand that it is important for me, as a writing teacher, to practice what I teach.
Through SMWP, I have had the pleasure to be involved in several initiatives, such as RIAP, ISAW, and ERWC. I have also presented at our local Writing Project’s workshops and conferences. I fully believe in the Writing Project model of learning with other teachers, which I take with me into my school and my classroom each day.
Writing is thinking. Thinking is challenging. Therefore, writing is challenging. Writing is messy. Writing takes time. One must embrace ambiguity and confusion. Writing involves the complex interaction between the writer and reader. Context is everything. Nothing is perfect but the pursuit of the excellent written word.
I can only pick ONE?! I don’t think I can do that. I recommend Peter Elbow’s Writing Without Teachers because it is infinitely wise and useable. And all the other recommendations from esteemed Writing Project colleagues honored during the previous months.