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Did you forget to take off the training wheels?


Whether it is supporting the struggling writer or introducing a new cohort to the rigours of academic writing, many schools adopt scaffolding techniques.  One common scaffolding technique in school-wide literacy approaches is the use of acronym based paragraph structures, such as SEXY, PEEL, LEER, TEXAS, etc.  Acronyms have the obvious advantages of reminding the student that each of the sentences in a paragraph has a particular job....

Transferrable Writing Skills: the new way forward


Many teachers ask me what is unique about our approach.  It is simple: we teach transferrable writing skills.  We take the basket of skills a student requires to write well, and teach them in ways that kids (and teachers) get it.   The fundamental tool of communication today in the education world is the written word.  Teaching writing has become the responsibility of every teacher.  Consequently, our students...

Writing’s deeper than decile: what writer do you have?


Calling the writing problem a decile problem is totally insufficient.  Nor is it a boy problem.  Nor is it a problem of cultures.  The writing problem is wider and deeper than a socio-economic grouping.  Writing difficulties hit students at all levels.  Your job as a teacher is to know specifically who you are dealing with.  We take the same approach with schools.  If I am going...

Sentences Matter


Words matter.  But they are not the solution.  The sentence is the stronger place to begin transforming your school’s writing ability. The sentence, not the word, is the basic unit of communication in writing.  This is the reason why grammar programmes or spelling programmes will not improve academic results in a school.  The pre-eminent skill in good writing is not word power; it is sentence power. This issue...

New Year, and a New Us


2016—an exciting year for us here at Write that Essay. With all the recently-released features on the website, and an extensive teacher support network—we thought we’d start by giving you the low-down.  First and foremost—tech-guru, Brandon, is hosting weekly webinars to assist our WTE community with all their needs.  From loading classes, Q&A sessions, or our new marking tool—tune in every Monday during term time @ 3:30pm.  Andrew...