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“For years I’ve recommended that teachers write with their pupils, but very few have done that,” Donald Graves is quoted as saying in The Write Way. I believe it and that’s why I always wrote with my students.

I was shocked to read the news of Donald Graves, shocked that I hadn’t heard it anywhere.

The National Writing Project joins the teaching and writing community in expressing its condolences on the passing of Donald H. Graves, professor emeritus of education at the University of New Hampshire and expert in the field of teaching and writing.
Graves, who inspired generations of Writing Project teachers, passed away on September 28, 2010, in Falmouth, Maine. You can post a reflection of Graves on NWP’s Facebook page or the Heinemann website .

 His book–Writing: Teachers and Children at Work–sits on my shelf with other valuable books that must never be discarded. I like this quote the NWP site puts out there:

“Write yourself….you’ll be doing yourself a favor by writing. All of us need it as a survival tool in a very complex world. The wonderful thing about writing is that it separates the meaningless and the trivial from what is really important. So we need it for ourselves….”

Thank you, Mr. Graves, for your inspirational work.

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