Writing instruction doesn’t have to be complicated. Unfortunately, many teachers have either too much time and no curriculum or too little time for the complex curriculum they’ve been given. I’ve experienced both situations in my time teaching upper elementary.
The stress writing puts on teachers became apparent to me when I first started doing the writing training for new 3rd-5th grade teachers in our district. These brand new teachers were looking for writing instruction that:
- Took very little time to plan
- Used engaging prompts
- Was easy to organize
- Was quick and straight to the point
- Was consistent
You see, most of them were downloading little bits and pieces from random sites for their writing instruction. As I helped them fill in their writing instruction with more consistent mini-lessons, I realized that some of the teachers were still struggling to put it together.
I soon realized that curriculum, or lack thereof, was not the main problem. The main problem was that teachers had very little training on how to actually teach writing in a simple, easy to understand manner.
I decided that my main goal this year would be to provide teachers with the tools they need to simplify their writing instruction with any type of curriculum. This is why I created the Facebook group and free Simplify Writing membership.
How Does the Free Simplify Writing Membership Work?
It’s pretty simple. Each month, I send out a free writing resource and a short training video on how to use it.
- Organizing student writing using writing binders
- Teaching the writing process
- Teaching grammar in 10-minute mini-lessons
- Fitting in student conferencing
- and much more!
How do I join?
Fill out the form at the bottom of this page to join, or use this link. Make sure to look for my first email, which sends you to the member site. On the member site, you can access all of the free materials from prior months. You’ll want to add my e-mail address to your address book. At the end of each month, check your e-mail to find out what the next free resource is. You’ll also get e-mails throughout the month with writing tips to help you further simplify your writing.