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Teach Writing Skills: Using Powerful Prompts to Inspire Students to Write

Writing should be exciting. You can teach writing skills with powerful multimedia based prompts and ideas, a global audience, and easy to use tools. John Spencer has the data to show that kids write more using this method.

Important Takeaways

  • How can reluctant writers get excited about writing?
  • Why we should use multimedia writing IDEAS (not prompts.)
  • The big question that should be asked BEFORE writing (but most people don't.)
  • Why we shouldn't dictate student writing topics and instead, give them choices.
  • Why sometimes less technology inspires more creativity.

If you teach writing to any age student, you'll want to hear what 14-year teacher and now college professor John Spencer

Educator Resources

[callout]If you love writing, check out 4 Writing Tips to Help the Writing Process [/callout]


"Prompts require kids to write. Ideas inspire them to write." John Spencer

“Prompts require kids to write.
Ideas inspire them to write.” John Spencer


Learn how to teach writing skills with rich multimedia writing prompts, a global audience, and student engagement.

Learn how to teach writing skills with rich multimedia writing prompts, a global audience, and student engagement.


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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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