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Why writing matters: making time for daily writing

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Effective writers practice writing every day. A routine of daily writing builds stamina and increases confidence. If you do not yet have a specific time identified for daily writing, we recommend starting this professional learning by reviewing schedules and prioritizing time for this practice.

Activity: Inventory of daily schedule; find time for daily writing, share with teaching team. 

Then using text rendering protocol, read and discuss the practice guide Teaching Elementary School Students to Be Effective Writers

This guide is geared toward teachers, literacy coaches, and other educators who want to improve the writing of their elementary students. The guide provides four recommendations for improving students' writing. Each recommendation includes implementation steps and solutions for common roadblocks.

The recommendations also summarize and rate supporting evidence.

Extension:  View the webinar (1:12:00) Featuring Dr. Steven Graham, Dr. Louisa Moats, and Dr. Susan Neuman in a discussion about teaching writing. These three renowned reading and writing experts address why writing is important, what the latest research tells us, and what educators and parents can do to support our children's development as writers.


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These tools were created as part of the Literacy Improvement in Rural Education through Collaboration (LIREC) project funded by the U.S. Department of Education