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What advice do you have for teachers who are intimidated by teaching writing to their students? They are comfortable writing themselves, but daunted by the task of teaching writing.

Expert answer

A lot of teachers are really good writers but they don’t feel so comfortable in terms of teaching writing. And part of that is because they’ve not had any preparation to do so.  If you’re not comfortable as a teacher of writing, here are two ideas.

Pick a lesson plan that’s been effective and shows clearly how to implement it, and try it out.  That gives you structure right away. So, start with something that looks doable, have success with it, and then add onto it.

Join a group like the National Writing Project where you have a lot of teachers come together to share their very best lesson plans with each other and form a community around writing.

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