How to Make Writing Exciting when you teach writing

3 Top Tips to Make Writing Exciting

Learning writing can be exciting! Kids can love writing. Now, students can easily join writing communities. After joining, students find that commenting on another student's writing can be fun.  Teacher-librarian, Cynthia Alvarado, shows us how to make writing exciting for kids. Additionally, she'll also teach us her tips and tricks for coaching kids to level up writing.

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Targeted to students aged 13-18, Write the World is a powerful, fun community for writing. Even more importantly, I took a tour of the site recently and was impressed with how easy it is to use.

Make writing exciting this year in your classroom. There's no cost for teachers to join with their classrooms.

Given all these benefits, I recommend this site for writing teachers of students aged 13-18. So, join Write the World and get kids excited to write! [/callout]

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Show Notes:

  • Why is an audience essential to improving student writing?
  • Does audience impact plagiarism? In what way?
  • How do we teach students to comment meaningfully?
  • How do you avoid problems when students write together online?
  • What can you say to students help them write more?

Cynthia Alvarado's Bio

Cynthia Alvarado is a teacher/librarian who teaches literacy and technology to elementary students in Dearborn, Michigan. Her interests include making school interesting in ways that close the gap for ELL and low-income students.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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2 comments

Myra Guzman August 2, 2016 - 3:05 am

Hi Vicki! Thanks for sharing the insightful and helpful podcast. I really liked the advice that Cynthia gives for motivating students to write and teaching them how to provide feedback in a positive way to others. Also it is very important to be a positive contributor and model to students how to be one.

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Jose Ferrer August 2, 2016 - 5:35 pm

Hi Vicky,

Great video. Wow, I really enjoyed all the different ways that you say we can do to make writing more exciting. I will definitely begin having my students have an authentic audience by maybe creating a link on either Class Dojo or Remind 101 so that they are able to post their writing and they can allow both fellow students and parents access to comment on the work they posted. The digital citizenship information was also insightful and will allow students to collaborate positively.

Thank you

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