This section of the website will help you sort that English stuff you could teach from what you must teach to prepare students for life beyond high school. (A huge amount of what's typically taught in ELA is material students don't need to know unless they do graduate study in English.)
Main topics in this section are
Teachers should prepare students to write expository nonfiction effectively and efficiently when they are compelled to do so. By focusing on writing strategies, which are easy to teach and learn, you reduce writing to short tasks students can master. Main topics in this section are
Guide Novice Writers
Talking about the writing process or grammar rules before plunging students into writing is a waste of time. Most composition and editing skills need to be just-in-time tutorials for small groups or individual students who have just tripped over a problem in their writing.
Topics for guiding novice writers are
As a writing teacher you need to assess progress (yours and your students') on a daily basis. Most writing assessment should be informal and formative; a smaller portion should be formal and summative.
Teach Booster Skills
Many skills that writers need are not confined to use in writing. The trick for ELA teachers is to teach cross-disciplinary skills so they support ELA teaching instead of replacing it.
Teach All Students
This section is your resource when one or a few students in a class need different kinds of help than others in order to learn well. A particular student may need techniques to compensate for a learning deficit or to make better use of her writing time, for example.
Teaching Writing Blog
The site's blog looks at wider issues in education which impact the writing teacher. You can subscribe to the blog feeds using RSS and your feed reader or get updates delivered by email.
Get More Help
This section is the place to find information that doesn't fit anywhere else on the website.
Just for Students
Just so I don't forget how frustrating teaching writing is, I offer two services to teen-age and adult students. One is a free forum in which students can ask questions that I typically answer with some variation on "read the directions." The second is online writing lessons for via email for a fee.
Teach for success
Teachers succeed as teachers only when their students succeed as learners.
Methods give confidence
Your writing methods have given me the self-confidence to successfully teach even the most reluctant writers.
Published 06-Feb-2008; updated: 30-Sep-2013
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