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StaffIncremental BloggerSource: Maxine Hong Kingston Talks about Writing

Source: Maxine Hong Kingston Talks about Writing

Literature teachers may find the interview of Maxine Hong Kingston a useful reference for budding writers.

Reading the interview reminds me of how creative people take common observations and wrap them into stories I recognize, yet have never met the characters or specific situations before.

It also reminds me how fortunate I was to have had teachers who insisted I read and write prose and poetry when I thought it more important to play sports and work on my car. I hope you have memories of thoughtful teachers also. School wasn’t free choice or student interest driven. It was, and I argue should still be, driven by content students probably will not acquire as rapidly in other ways, with or without mobile PCs.

Robert Heiny
Robert Heinyhttp://www.robertheiny.com
Robert W. Heiny, Ph.D. is a retired professor, social scientist, and business partner with previous academic appointments as a public school classroom teacher, senior faculty, or senior research member, and administrator. Appointments included at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Peabody College and the Kennedy Center now of Vanderbilt University; and Brandeis University. Dr. Heiny also served as Director of the Montana Center on Disabilities. His peer reviewed contributions to education include publication in The Encyclopedia of Education (1971), and in professional journals and conferences. He served s an expert reviewer of proposals to USOE, and on a team that wrote plans for 12 state-wide and multistate special education and preschools programs. He currently writes user guides for educators and learners as well as columns for TuxReports.com.

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