Help Your Teenager Become a Confident Writer – SchoolFamily.com

Help Your Teenager Become a Confident Writer – SchoolFamily.com.  I spent last week working with a wonderful group of students preparing for the writing section of the Alaska High School Graduation Qualifying Exam (HSGQE).  They spent Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday — 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with me, focusing only on improving their writing.  One common thread for all these students was they lacked confidence in their ability to write effectively.  Most of them had the basic skills, but they did not believe in themselves enough to get started.  Here are some tips to help your child have the confidence they need to effectively communicate their ideas.

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10 Reasons Your Students Should Be Blogging | From the Desk of Mr. Foteah

10 Reasons Your Students Should Be Blogging | From the Desk of Mr. Foteah.  Looking for ways to help your students be better writers?  Me too.  This is the second recommendation I’ve received in two weeks to get them Blogging.  When ever learning is cross-curricular it becomes more powerful.  Students who have authentic audiences work harder.

To my students struggling with writing… great advice in this article.

“Writing is not a magical ability that some people just have and others just don’t. Writing is a skill, and like any other skill — playing the piano, learning a sport — it can be acquired through hard work and dedication. We’re not all going to write the Great American Novel, but anyone with at least average intelligence can learn to write reasonably well.”

via On Hiring – The Chronicle of Higher Education.