On Teaching and Evaluating Writing, Part 1: Podcast Episode 233

Aug 19, 2020 | Posted by the IEW Blog Team


This year it seems as if there are more and more children who will be learning from home. With all of these new at-home learners, there are more and more at-home teachers. Parents and teachers who are new to IEW and Structure and Style invariably have these questions:

  1. How do I effectively teach writing?

  2. How do I evaluate my student’s writing?

In this week’s podcast, Episode 233, Andrew and Julie address the first question, reserving the second for next week’s episode. Responding to the first question by describing a sort of “decision tree,” Andrew simplifies the process by posing a single question to answer first: Do you want to teach or do you want to buy something that will teach? Assuming the answer to that question is, “I want to teach,” Andrew and Julie then take listeners through a sequence of additional questions that will help them refine and clarify how to teach writing to their students.

If you’re feeling perplexed about the details and decisions you must make about how to teach writing, this podcast will set you at ease and help you process those decisions to arrive at your optimal pathway.

Once you’ve answered the first question and begun to teach your students to write, the next question arises: how to evaluate their efforts. Don’t worry! That will be addressed in next week’s podcast episode, so be sure to check them both out.

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