Can teachers teach writing even if they don’t love to write? Yes, with a structured writing plan, all teachers can be A+ writing teachers.
Some teachers lean toward teaching grammar and writing mechanics. Some teachers lean toward free writing. The next dilemma is how to teach creative writing, non-fiction writing, grammar and writing mechanics?
First and daily, discuss a writing strategy that supports an educational objective in a mini-lesson—sentences ends with a period, verbs are action words, a story has a beginning, middle, and end.
Second, brainstorm ideas to write about. I don’t want the children staring at a blank page. I want them to write, write, write.
Third, allow student time to write every day. While they’re writing, I hunt for children to help. (That’s not hard—all of them need help.) I look for ways to individualize and watch to see if they remember the skills from the mini-lesson.
It’s through the combination of approaches to writing that our students become fluent writers of creative fiction, non-fiction, and grammar.
Have a love affair with writing—you can teach writing.
How do you teach writing? What’s your best advice?