Teaching Strategies to Help Students Plan Writing

Teaching the art of writing can be tricky, and getting kids started in the writing process might be the trickiest part of the whole shebang.

It falls upon educators to illuminate the various teaching strategies that kids use to begin the writing process.  Luckily, there are several of these teaching strategies readily available to teachers to choose from. Today on TeachHUB.com, frequent contributing writer Jacqui Murray, herself a seasoned tech teacher on the West Coast, points out some of these time-tested ways we can use when teaching writing. Jacqui’s ideas include:

  • Brainstorm/Mindmap
  • Digital Note-Taking
  • Outline
  • And More!

Jacqui sums up her article thusly: “Whichever pre-writing tool you start with, make sure it ends with writing. Digital Quick Writes are a quick, effective approach to make sure that happens. Spend five to 10  minutes (no more than that) writing prose based on the plan developed with one of the above methods. If the pre-writing tool fits the student, his/her writing should flow easily. If it doesn't, try a different one.”

Do you employ any of these pre-writing techniques? Which works for you?

Teaching Strategies to Build Student Confidence

Some confident learners know how to speak their minds and, therefore, know how to get their point across.

But other students who aren’t as confident can feel isolated with their lack of self-confidence, and they might find themselves plagued by thoughts of academic insufficiency.

Today on TeachHUB.com, writer Janelle Cox informs us on different tactics we can use to help those students feel more confident and proud of themselves and their accomplishments.

Some strategies Janelle outlines:

    Try not to correct every single thing the student says wrong.
    Give students the opportunity to choose what they learn.
    Encourage students to do better than they did before.

What do you do to help build your students’ self-confidence?