The Write Way
This pandemic has had a serious impact on all of us, some more than others. Many people have been laid off and looking for another job for months. High school seniors had to miss their proms and have had “drive-thru” graduations. A lot of people are very grateful to have kept their jobs, but many have been forced to create a space at home from which they can work. No matter the situation, living in a primarily virtual world means that written communication is now a high priority, and most people could use a little help with that.
That’s where we come in.
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At MI Write, one of our favorite things is do is highlight a client and thank them for their hard work in their classrooms with MI Write. We want to show our appreciation for everything that educators do for the students in their schools, districts, and states. It is our goal to always serve the teachers who are feet on the ground in schools, working with students every day to improve understanding, skills, and scores.
Last December, we gave a shout out to Amy Ramsburg of Wood County, West Virginia for being an advocate for our program in her classroom and her district and for the way
The responsibility for writing instruction shouldn’t all fall on the shoulders of English teachers. Writing can be done, taught, and improved in any subject area! Studies have shown that writing in any content deepens students’ comprehension and confidence in the subject.
Here is a suggested timeline of ideas on how to use writing throughout the year in all different content areas. Take them and make them your own to meet the needs of your students. These suggestions are by no means exhaustive, but hopefully enough to give you somewhere to start.
September - use writing to get to
Writing isn’t always given the time and attention it deserves. We know that your schedule may not have much wiggle room, especially in these odd days of the pandemic and blended learning models of schooling. However, we do hope that you will be able to squeeze in writing instruction when you can. To help you do that, here are some suggestions* for how and when to include writing in your lesson.
September - use it to get to know your students and figure out what their writing needs are.
- Prompts: Create a prompt asking your students to introduce themselves, highlighting their favorite
Same school. Same grade. Same classroom. Same curriculum. And yet, everything seems to be different. You may have your students physically in your classroom, but you’re all (supposed to be) wearing masks (we know how kids are). You may be in your living room, home office, or even an empty classroom where you see your students on your computer screen. You may be doing some combination of the two. Whatever it is, wherever you are, we know it’s nothing like the start you had last year. Just remember though, if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.
2020 has certainly proven to be
It’s in the news.
It’s on our minds.
It’s all over social media.
It’s changed our lives.
As we go back to school in whatever format our leaders have decided, we have a unique opportunity to listen to our students, the generation most impacted in every facet of their lives by the current events. Encourage them to talk about what’s going on in the world and how it’s affecting them.
Our students have been missing a vital part of what school offers: socialization. This isolation has been powerful in some areas of the country and can have harsh effects on students