According to NAEP data, only 27% of students in grades four through twelve demonstrate proficiency in writing skills.
It's time to focus on research-based strategies that meet our writers where they're at.
There's One Professional Development Book You Need to Do Just That...
Simplify Your Writing Instruction:
A Framework For a Student-Centered Writing Block
About the Book:
Through her popular writing curriculum, author April Smith has helped thousands of educators develop bite-sized, differentiated writing lessons that can generate opportunities for feedback and support. In Simplify Your Writing Instruction, April shares her trusted system and offers concrete strategies for overcoming the most common struggles that teachers face as they bring writing front and center in the classroom. Even with the limited time you have available to plan, you’ll be able to implement this framework with students of varying ability levels. This book is a quick and actionable guide for grade 3-12 teachers who want to help learners meet and exceed grade-level writing standards.
You'll Learn To:
Use a simple pre-assessment to get a better overall picture of what your students can do
Differentiate your lessons to reach your writers where they're at
Support Your Special Education, ELL, and Gifted students
Split the writing process into efficient and effective 10- to 15-minute mini-lessons
Integrate grammar naturally and optimize student output after each lesson
Utilize more complex strategies such as small group work and conferring
About the Author
April Smith began teaching in a rural school in 2008. After she was awarded Intermediate Teacher of the Year for her county in 2015, she transitioned into a leadership role as a district writing trainer. Today, she works as an instructional coach and curriculum designer, dedicated to empowering educators with the resources they need to better support their students. April has trained over 50,000 teachers, working closely with school leaders across the country through the Simplify Writing® curriculum.