In 2001, when I was a junior at Brimmer and May in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts—an independent school where I now also teach—my academic writing benefited tremendously from one-on-one instruction. I learned to write concisely, think analytically, and consult credible sources to deepen my insights.
It’s nearly impossible to overstate the role my mastery of academic writing has played in my success, not just inside the classroom, but also as an education reporter, and most importantly, as a teacher. Clear writing reflects clear thinking, no matter the type of writing, and I have my high school teachers to thank for instilling that lesson in me.
But much has changed in over the 12 years since my graduation, and I’m now excited to serve as Writing Center Director, helping my alma mater embrace technology to help students master not just writing, but also other 21st-century communication skills.
To help set myself on the right tack, I recently read Reinventing Writing: The 9 Tools That Are Changing Writing, Teaching and Learning Forever, by Vicki Davis, a full-time teacher and IT Director at Westwood Schools in Camilla, Georgia. Davis also founded and runs The CoolCatTeacher, one of the Web’s most successful teacher blogs, which, along with Westwood’s Technology Program, has received copious accolades and national recognition....