Teaching how to write is one of the most important all-time skills that you as an educator impart on your students. In the process of teaching writing you should make sure you collect resources and materials that will aid you to teach writing as well as be effective in helping your learners learn how to write. For you to provide effecting teaching you have to poses effective modeling skills too. You may have the essential writing skills but still be unable to produce results from your teaching. Here are some useful advice for you to teach writing effectively.
It takes a thief to know a thief, therefore for you to teach writing effectively you have to have mastered the art of writing. You must be a writer yourself. As much as you can gain knowledge in writing by reading related content, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will strengthen you enough to be an effective authority to the area under discussion. It is therefore important that you continue honing your expertise by engaging in the writing process.
Aim at getting feedback. Selfishness is not a good thing for writers. In as much as the teachers’ opinion counts in the process of learning, opinion from others like peers is important for the development of a student’s writing skills. Let your student write and then let them showcase their work to their friends and peers for approval or possible criticism. If your students keep their work to themselves they will never know where they need to improve and perfect.
Let your learners know the importance of writing in real life. If you are teaching a secondary education class, let your learners know that they will require the skills to present work in college. They should also understand that the ability to express themselves clear will play a significant role in their communication and to future success. You can also achieve this by inviting professionals to talk to them and give advice and if needed, tips on the same.
Create a writing center where individual students can seek help in areas where they are constantly experiencing difficulties. This way a student can visit the center upon your unavailability and get the help they need with their work. This is also beneficial to you as a teacher as it gives you time to attend to one-on-one cases with the neediest of students.
Be actively involved in the teaching and learning process. As you teach writing, let’s say about “writing a compelling introduction” don’t just teach, give notes and exercises. Be a part of it. Write your own masterpiece in front of the students, let them observe as you write then let them give opinion and criticize. This will help them become more mindful of not repeating the same mistakes you made while writing. Admit your weaknesses for this makes students learn to be open to criticism and accept corrections whenever given.
As you decide to put the above advice into practice, just remember that writing is a process and therefore use them to teach writing bearing in mind that results will also be gradual.