Junking old way of teaching writing I almost never give advice to teachers.They live their work, while i just observe it and cannot hope to know as much as they do. But on one subject, writing, i could teach most of them.My learning to put words together was long, painful and instructive.I know what works and what doesn my excuse for suggesting in my last local living column a new kind of high school course.We should suspend the regular english curriculum for a semester and teach and writing.Every student would produce an essay each week and spend time at the teacher desk being edited.We would hire or train teachers to do what my first editors did:Cross out cute phrases, ask what i was trying to say, break overlong sentences into pieces, ask for specific examples, replace inactive verbs with active ones, and so on. A class of 25 meeting five times a week for 50 minutes would allow Only 10 minutes of editing a week for each student.But that adds up to 200 minutes of One-On-One editing per student by the end of the this page semester, a big improvement over what students get now, which often is zero.The teacher might be exhausted from all that editing but would have no paper to grade at home. Some educators liked the idea. Kind of mix of close, One-On-One editing, discussion and independent work would be effective, said christine arnold-Lourie, a history professor at the college of Cheap Tiffany Bracelets Shop southern maryland. The emphasis on reading is good, she said, because key to good writing is knowing what good writing looks like.Learned much from catherine ferguson, who has taught writing at some of maryland highest-Performing high schools. She agreed that writing is most important skill any student can learn.The heart of good writing is not editing.Disagree.When learning to write, editing is crucial.She overlooked the fact that a good editor can communicate more information and demonstrate more techniques the homepage here in 10 minutes of conversation than a teacher can by writing in the margins of a paper at home.The personal contact, being rare, is also more memorable for students. Ferguson asked why i want to suspend a semester of regular english. Is the focus Tiffany Pendants of a regular english class, if not a course in how to read and write?She said.Instance, yesterday i was reading the opening of ado about nothing while recording the reading skills i would explicitly teach/reinforce in each scene.Much as i love shakespeare, in my experience, the average student will not learn much about writing and reading from analyzing 400-Year-Old plays. Two readers kathleen sahm, a bethesda tutor and former teacher, and tiffany swanson, admissions director for a graduate program at georgetown university said they would like to try teaching such a reading and writing class.