It’s important for every teacher to know a few ways to engage students with writing. Take a look at our list of ways to promote writing in your classroom.
Create a peer editing checklist and let students review each other’s work. Be sure to establish ground rules about positive constructive criticism and honesty.
- Have students to highlight certain aspects of their papers that you deem important. This has multiple purposes, first, it guarantees that students include these important features, and second, it makes it easier for you to find them while you’re grading student work.
- Choose a few anonymous papers to use for student review. Pick a great paper, an OK paper, and a not-so-good paper. Remember to hide the name and if possible, use work from a different class period or previous year.
- Take the time a couple times a year to sit one-on-one with each of your students to evaluate their work to learn your students’ ideas about writing.
- Allow students to swap papers mid-way, and finish another students’ paper. Let the creativity flow!
- Have new vocabulary words? Require the students to use these words in their writing, whether they’re writing short paragraphs, essays, or journals.
- Have a student teacher? Why not let them teach the class for a day? Allow them some freedom in how they present to the class because we all know how students love variety.
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