Ten Student Writing Skills That All Teachers Can Help Reinforce

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What you have heard in professional development is true: every teacher is a writing teacher. But that doesn’t mean every class should become an English class. It just means that every teacher can take a few simple steps to encourage students to become better writers. How? By reinforcing the message that writing is communicating, and we all need to communicate clearly. Here are ten skills that every teacher can reinforce during their daily activities. No extra preparation needed.

(You can find a free, printer-friendly version of this list of writing skills on Teachers Pay Teachers.)


Miami Herald: Teaching Wisdom

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This is the first newspaper article ever written about See Me After Class: Advice for Teachers by Teachers. It was originally published in the Miami Herald and was written by Jared Goyette, who interviewed me in the cafeteria of the then-famous, now-demolished Herald Building. He also took the time to speak to several of my students at the time, and even my principal. Reading this brings back a lot of memories. While I certainly still have my own copy of the article, which I preserved with the help of my school’s laminating machine, the article is now hard to find online. So, hopefully with the good will and understanding of the Miami Herald it’s reprinted here.