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Adopting A New Perspective

December 5, 2017

 Adapted from Reimagining Writing Assessment by Maja Wilson. 

As readers of our own writing, we can easily project all our intended meanings onto our words. That’s fine if we’re writing for ourselves. But when we want to convey those meanings to an audience of others, it can take a newcomer to remind us of the gap between what’s on the page and what’s still hidden in our own experience.

Writers need readers who will describe their experience of their words as honestly and carefully as possible. By adopting this newcomer, or beginner’s mind, we are therefore able to construct the class’ conception of experiences for writing around it. The result is powerful, deep understanding.


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