Heinemann 2015 Resolutions, Part 7: Gretchen Owocki

We asked the Heinemann authors who published a book in 2014 to provide a resolution for 2015. We hope these resolutions–or edulutions–spark a note of self-reflection while lifting you to continue your good, vital work into the new year. Over the next two weeks as we share our education resolutions, we’d love to read your edulutions. Share them with us or follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #Heinemann15. Cheers for a happy new year!

“An important goal for 2015 is to ensure students are writing for a variety of reasons—in ways that are meaningful to their lives today. Writing is important for the test, and it’s important for college and career, but it is much more important for other things when kids are six or nine or twelve years old. In the life of a child, writing can be used to connect with others, to entertain, to persuade, and to inform. It can be used to establish identity, to make an impact on others’ way of thinking or doing, and to help make sense of the world. Students become motivated to write when writing serves a meaningful function in their lives. If we want students to write routinely—and to do it with the motivation and engagement that propel continued learning—we must continue to seek ways to keep it meaningful in light of who they are today.”

–Gretchen Owocki author of The Common Core Reading Book, 6–8

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