tdkerst – 2008-11-07 5:06 PM I think maia’s right on target. Teaching the importance of learning standard English grammar is vital, but it involves helping students to know where and how to find correct forms. Editing concerns shouldn’t come until later in the process, though, after they’ve captured their ideas. Focusing on grammar/sentence style too soon can shut down the creative flow of ideas like nothing else. Grammar counts, but teach them to keep it in its place–during the editing phase. Teaching them how to use a good grammar resource (text/online site) will help them immensely as they learn to edit their own work. One of the most important “lessons” I ever learned from a mentor is that there is always someone somewhere who will publish what we write–as long as we take the care to craft it as best we can and to find the right market/timing. Foir example, I’m working on a piece about veterans, but it’s obviously too late for this Veteran’s Day. So I need to send it out in the spring for publication in November 2009.