Welcome to the January 26, 2019 edition of The Teach Write Writing Round-Up, a gathering of tips for teaching writing and for growing as a teacher who writes.
I've done the work of scouring the web for tips for both teaching writing and growing a writing habit (because teachers who write make the best teachers of writers) so you don't have to.
Thoughts on Argument Writing:
Teaching students to support their writing's argumentative claims with evidence (and not just opinion) can be tricky. Check out "Strategies for Teaching Argument Writing" from Andrea Marshbank and Edutopia for more.
Schedule Your OWN Time to Write:
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Who's The Best Person to Teach Your Students to Write?
Teacher and author Sarah Donovan explores this question and offers some great inspiration in her post, "How to Be the How To".
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One Writer's Journey:
Every writer's journey to the page is different, but we all share a common thread -- we become more confident and capable as writers the more we write. Tammy Breitweiser shares her own inspirational story (with some great resources to check out!) in "How Did I Become a Serious Writer?"
An Antidote to Writing Anxiety:
If you struggle with anxiety when it comes to your writing ( "I can't write," "I shouldn't call myself a writer," "I'm not as good as ___," etc.) positive affirmations may be a good solution. Enjoy "How to Concoct Your Own Antidote to Pre-writing Anxiety" from Writer UnBoxed. I'd love to know how these tips work for you!
Developing Voice & Style in Writing:
Voice in writing is what makes writing sound like unique, just like the person who wrote it. Style is a bit broader and includes the writer's preferences for writing. Developing both of these qualities happens over time, but there are some things you can do to help grow these writing traits. Check out "Defining Your Unique Writing Style and Voice" from the Well-Storied website. (These are some great tips for students too!)
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