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By Tim Hebda | Write Here, Write Now

‘If you want children to learn to spell, teach them spelling – not phonics’

A couple of weeks ago, a subject leader and I were looking in detail at the spelling of a group of low-attaining pupils in Year 5. All the children …

Language

Write to Learn – Startups & Venture Capital

Recently, someone asked me: <i>why do you write?</i><p>That question made me pause. I did not have an immediate response for them.<p>The more I thought about it, …

Startups

7 Tips, Tricks and Reminders For Becoming a Better Writer

The fastest way to become the person you want to be — is to write about the person you really are.<p>Prior to giving a briefing in Vietnam in front of a …

Authors

Scientists identify precisely what makes a poem pleasing

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? According to scientists studying poetry, it can’t hurt.<p>A New York University study published in the journal Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts (paywall) on Nov. 30, sought the secret to effective poetry. Psychologists asked 400 American adults …

William Shakespeare

Using Find and Replace as a Writing Tool

Grammar rules and sentence structures are not simply definitions. They help writers craft written communication that can influence the thoughts and …

Incorporated

The Mechanics of Developing a Writer’s Voice

Writing is a muscle that requires frequent practice to build stamina and hone the many tools of the craft. If one can talk and form a written …

Writing

Yeats' Classic Take on 'The Symbolism of Poetry'

One of the greatest poets of the 20th century and a recipient of the Nobel Prize, William Butler Yeats spent his early childhood in Dublin and Sligo …

Forget Talent: Why Practice is Key to Most Prodigies’ Success

What made Mozart great? Or Bobby Fischer? Or Serena Williams?The answer sits somewhere on the scales of human achievement. On one side: natural …

Flute

The Power of Narrative

As a tenth-grade English teacher, I always began the year with personal narrative. My students and I created life maps, compiled writing inventories, …

Storytelling

Poems about Teaching and Teachers

Robert Frost once said, “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.” These poems and …

What is the Prewriting Stage of the Writing Process?

The writing process consists of a number of important stages: prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. In many ways, prewriting is the most …

Making and Writing: Get Beyond the Gimmicks

This month, I’ll be celebrating the second birthday of Make Writing, the little book that could. When I wrote it, I never imagined that I would get …

Systematic Study of the Meter of Poetry

Prosody is a technical term used in linguistics and poetry to describe the patterns, rhythms or meters of a language.<p>Prosody can refer to the rules …

Learn some quick tips on writing cause and effect essays and paragraphs

One of the most common tasks on important tests is writing cause and effect essays or paragraphs. Here are some tips to help you write a cause and …

Creative Writing Prompts For High School Students

Whether you're a student or a teacher, these writing prompts for high school students are going to come in handy if you're looking to inspire better …

Response: 'Writing in Math Class Is a Win-Win for Students Teachers'

« How Do You Integrate Writing in Math Classes? | Main | How Will ESSA Affect English Language Learners? »<p>Response: 'Writing in Math Class Is a …

Alternatives to the 5 Paragraph Essay

There are benefits to assigning a five-paragraph essay.<p>Its sturdy structure provides students with a safe and organized way to express their …

Recapturing the Magic of Stories – Practical Ideas for Better Creative Writing

“Do we have to write?” He looks at me and awaits my answer. I know he wants me to say no, but instead, I nod. Every day. Just try. It’ll get better. …

Writing

Write Like a Girl

Photo by Thomas WolterMy original intention this month was to write about some of the common challenges people have when writing across gender …

Feminism

Assessing Creative Writing Is Hard, So Here Are Three Ways To Avoid It

Everyone knows that outside of the school building, creative writing workshops aren’t graded. Whether it’s a group of retirees who cluster in the …

Writing

Kazuo Ishiguro Is Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature

The English novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, known for his spare, elliptical prose style and his inventive subversion of literary genres, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday.<p>Mr. Ishiguro, 62, is best known for his novels “The Remains of the Day,” about a butler serving an English lord in …

Literature

How Teachers And Schools Can Help When Bad Stuff Happens

Fred Rogers, the beloved children’s television host, used to tell a story about when he would see scary things in the news as a child. His mother …

Nonprofits

To Reflect or Not to Reflect?

By learning how to reflect with meaning, it opened my world to increased learner empathy and decreased stress, to the renewed realization that the …

Teaching
Text Messaging

Lessons from Little Rock:T.G.I. "Feedback" Friday

To receive feedback on my practice (especially feedback for growth), I placed a folder inside my classroom with forms asking for one positive comment …

Teaching

6 vital reasons you should write a horrible first draft

Writing flawed copy can be freeing.<p>My library of books about writing expands every year, but no author has shaped and affirmed my writing process …

Got Writer’s Block? 23 Creative Writing Activities That Don’t Involve Writing

Creative writing activities – no writing required!Writer’s block happens. And let me be clear: I don’t believe in writer’s block as an excuse for not …

Writing

Ditch These 28 Boring Words and Use These Instead (Infographic)

Make your writing more exciting by putting a little creativity into it.<p>Whether you’re composing a cover letter or drafting an email, it’s important to keep it catchy and lively. Because who wants to read something boring? To make sure your readers don’t start yawning while reading your message, …

Writing

Giving Peer Feedback Helps Writers Grow

I recently participated in a two-session writing class, and at the end of the first session, we were tasked with writing a short scene that we would …

Pedagogy