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You Don’t Have to Like Writing
The Real Goal of Learning English Composition by Andrew Pudewa I have heard this—or something very similar—hundreds, if not thousands of...
Work Smarter, Not Harder
by Janet Spitler We at IEW® have the honor of introducing our 2017 Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Andrea Pewthers. She teaches English and literature ...
However Imperfectly: Lessons learned from thirty years of teaching
by Andrew Pudewa It’s hard to say exactly when I began thinking myself a teacher, but I do remember when I set out on my own as an independent ...
IEW's Premium Membership: Incredible Results, Digital Convenience
by Nathan King In 2014 the newest video version of Teaching Writing: Structure and Style was poised for release, changing forever the accessibility a...
In Retrospect: Heroes of Providence
by Andrew Pudewa From the time I could talk, I was begging for a violin. Or so said my mother. I don’t remember, but the harangue must have bee...
Many Paths, One Writing Method: An interview with IEW mom Lisa Averitt
by Kristin (Boutross) Patterson Lisa Averitt lives in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, where she is a pastor’s wife and mother of five. She has a BA in ...
Squirrely Students Inspire Structure and Style®
by Andrew Pudewa The year was 1948. Tall, young James Webster stood at the blackboard, writing as quickly yet legibly as possible a sentence dictated...
Out of the Mouths of Students
by Janet Spitler   Rachel’s Story Entering Middle School Rachel Averitt was a student of Mrs. Pewthers in grades 7, 8, and 9. She entere...
A Weekly Spoonful of Inspiration
by Kristin (Boutross) Patterson “We (IEW) should do our very own podcast.” This sentence was not initially greeted with much enthusiasm, ...
IEW’s Mission: Teaching Teachers How to Teach Writing
by Julie Walker My IEW® story is simple: I was organizing classes for a group of homeschooling parents and teens in Southern California, and I ha...
Low-Tech Teaching with High-End Results
by Andrew Pudewa If you attend a large education conference these days, a quick circuit around the exhibit hall makes one fact immediately evident: E...
What is IEW? Method not Madness
by Andrew Pudewa Most everyone has an opinion about what good writing is. It’s concise. Correct. Detailed. Winsome. Engaging. Organized. Clear....
A Tale of Two Schools
How YOU Can Help Bring IEW® to Your Local School by Janet Spitler Last spring a homeschooler called our School Division to let us know she had m...
Common Sense on Standards: Freeing Teachers to Be Teachers
by Andrew Pudewa The idea of standards in education is not new. Since the first Nation’s Report Card in 1969, schools, districts, states, and p...
Turning an Enemy into an Ally
by Janet Spitler Adolescence encompasses some of the most difficult years of a person’s life. Middle school teachers, therefore, face a dauntin...
Is IEW "Classical"?
by Andrew Pudewa With the rapid rise of interest in classical education in homeschools, hybrid schools, and even full-time schools, we at IEW are oft...
Harnessing the Power of Parent Participation with One Activity
by Janet Spitler The Institute for Excellence in Writing encourages parents to participate in their students’ education. Because recent studies...
IEW: The Key to Success
by Pamela White, MA, ABD from Vanderbilt University Forty years ago the better colleges did not have the writing labs that are a ubiquitous feature o...
Process versus Product
by Andrew Pudewa In the 1992 film A River Runs Through It, there is a particularly charming scene which gives us some important insight about the tea...
Testimony to Oklahoma House Education Committee Regarding Common Core
Occasionally we are asked by concerned teachers and parents what position IEW and Andrew Pudewa take on Common Core. We invite you to read for yoursel...
Thoughts and Words: the Chicken or the Egg?
by Andrew Pudewa One of the few criticisms of IEW’s checklist-based approach to teaching style runs something like this: “Students’...
That Puppy Won't Fly
The Core Problem with Educational Standards Today by Andrew Pudewa Over the past decade, I have had the privilege to interact with a wide range of t...
Concerns About Common Core
by Genevieve Priest Over the past few weeks, many homeschooling families and bloggers have been expressing concerns about homeschool curricula chang...
Why and How Music Will Save the World
Challenging the Crises in Educational Thought by Andrew Pudewa “Maybe music will save the world,” said Pablo Casals, the great cellist a...
Thoughts on Common Core
by Janet Spitler and Genevieve Priest The Common Core State Standards Initiative® has caused quite a stir in the educational world. Most states m...
Remembering Mrs. Myers
by Genevieve Priest ON JUNE 29, 2012, Lesha Myers passed from this life after a long battle with cancer. The beloved author of three of IEW's books, ...
Recitals, Recitation, and Theatre
Performances in Preparation for Life by Julie Walker DO YOUR CHILDREN TAKE MUSIC LESSONS? Ours did. Although their musical talents are vastly differ...
The Colloquium Environment
by Andrew Pudewa (This article first appeared in the September 2012 issue of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine®.) For the past ten years, I have...
What We Really Need
by Andrew Pudewa (This article first appeared in the August 2012 issue of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine®.) Depending on when one starts coun...
Contemplating Grammar
by Andrew Pudewa (This article first appeared in the June 2012 issue of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine®.) It seems that the pattern of t...
The Work of a Child
by Andrew Pudewa (This article first appeared in the March 2012 issue of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine®.) At some point, most homeschooling ...
Hate of Learning: One Cause and a Possible Remedy
by Andrew Pudewa (This article first appeared in the February 2012 issue of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine®.) When one of my daughters was ar...
You Don't Have to Like It ...
by Andrew Pudewa (This article first appeared in the February 2012 issue of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine®.) I don’t really like to wr...
De-Confusing Essays
by Andrew Pudewa “Essay” is perhaps the one word most feared by students, wielded by teachers, and misunderstood by many. But what is it ...
A Swing towards Sanity
by Andrew Pudewa Every once in a while, something happens which restores hope that the world is not completely insane. When this occurs in the field ...
Fill Yourself
by Andrew Pudewa (This article first appeared in the November 2012 issue of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine®.) One role a homeschooling parent...
The Art of Teaching a Skill
or, The Skill of Teaching an Art by Andrew Pudewa MORTIMER ADLER, IN HIS PAIDEIA PROPOSAL calling for a return to a classical curriculum, points out...
Developing Skills and Character through Homeschool Speech and Debate
by Andrew Pudewa (This article first appeared in the January 2012 issue of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine®.) Welcome to my column: Finishing ...
The Arts of Language
by Andrew Pudewa For many of us, the expression “Language Arts” evokes an emotional response; in some it causes excitement, but more ofte...
Bad Writing vs. Bad Circumstances
by Andrew Pudewa Recently, a co-op teacher commented, “Help! My students are completing the checklist but producing bad writing! They may use a...
Lesson Planning
by Andrew Pudewa The goal of Excellence in Writing is to make writing part of what your students are learning, not a course unto itself. With nine st...
Now Is the Time
by Andrew Pudewa A decade has passed since the Institute for Excellence in Writing became a full time enterprise, and over these ten years we have se...
Success in Schools
Teachers who are teaching writing well by Janet Spitler When it comes to teaching writing, the teacher must often choose between art and science. Ho...
Teaching Writing: Structure and Style - Unit 3 Overview and Tips
Watch this video by Andrew Pudewa on Unit 3   For an explanation by Andrew Pudewa on how to use Unit 3 and some tips for teaching, read on... ...
Why is Structure and Style® so effective?
by James B. Webster, Ph.D. I completed a four-year B.A. with honors in history and English, in which three to four yearlong courses required three su...
What Are We Really Doing Here?
by Andrew Pudewa Adorning our humble office, there are two things that always brighten my day and help restore my focus—a map and a pile of pap...
But it’s so ... so ... awkward!
by Andrew Pudewa Awkward. Even the spelling of the word is disturbing. If we look back, we likely have memories of high school or college teachers ha...
How to Think
by Andrew Pudewa But I don’t know what to write! How many times have we heard those words from a frustrated student? Of course what he is reall...
Encyclopedia Dad
by Andrew Pudewa Although Encyclopedia Brown is famous for what he did know, Encyclopedia Dad is famous for what he doesn’t know. Knowing so li...
Good Writing vs. Great Teaching
by Andrew Pudewa Good writing. What is it? Everyone has an opinion, but opinions differ widely. While one language arts curriculum judges that simply...
Four Deadly Errors of Teaching Writing
by Andrew Pudewa We’ve all suffered it at one time or another—frustration about writing assignments. Either on the receiving end or ...
Motivation
by Andrew Pudewa To accomplish difficult tasks, motivation is absolutely necessary. No one doubts the need for motivating students, and methods of in...
What? or That!
Reflections on Reports by Andrew Pudewa In sixth grade or thereabouts, you had to write A REPORT. Searching for a subject that seemed moderately int...
Mixed-Age Classrooms
by Andrew Pudewa As a teacher, professional development presenter, and educational consultant, I have had, over the past twenty years, a chance to vi...
Plagiarism
What is it really? And what to do about it... by Andrew Pudewa (This article first appeared in the IEW Newsletter—Spring 2008.) One of the mo...
Music Is Not “Nice”
by Andrew Pudewa Most people today think of music as a nice thing—something to break the monotony of a boring job or keep you pumped up while e...
What about Grammar?
by Andrew Pudewa It’s a question often asked—at conventions, during writing seminars, in emails—by teachers, parents, and even stud...
The Art and Science of Motivation
by Andrew Pudewa Part One: The Four Forms of Relevancy I have studied the science and art of motivation for many years, first as a violin teacher, t...
Marking and Grading
A few thoughts about a sticky, tricky subject by Andrew Pudewa As soon as people get serious about the business of teaching writing, certain beasts ...
The Madness of Multiple Choice
by Andrew Pudewa At some point, one of the hardest decisions that a home-schooling family must make is whether to do home education or to do sch...
Writing without Tears
by Andrew Pudewa Teaching writing can perhaps be one of the greatest challenges in home schooling. Because of the bleakness of grammar workbooks ...
One Myth and Two Truths
Nurturing Competent Communicators by Andrew Pudewa “Good readers will become good writers!” A mantra frequently heard in the lecture hal...
Convert ... to Pens!
by Andrew Pudewa “First draft in pencil, final copy in pen,” were the traditional instructions of our grade school teachers. However, whe...
Imitation: A Common-Sense Approach
by Andrew Pudewa As in many areas of education, the skill of writing has been elevated to the status of art, which it rightfully should be. However, ...
Four Deadly Errors

by Andrew Pudewa We’ve all suffered it at one time or another: Frustration about writing assignments. Either on the receiving end, or per...
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Reaching the Reluctant Writer

by Andrew Pudewa Many children do not like to write. Why? This workshop will answer that basic question and teach a specific ...
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Nurturing Competent Communicators

by Andrew Pudewa Many parents think that good readers will naturally become good writers. Others think that writing talent is...
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Nature Deficit Disorder: Causes, Consequences, & Cures

by Andrew Pudewa With the rise of screens being present in the home, exposure to the outdoors has become limited. Is it possi...
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Jill Pike Homeschool Superhero

Kerry Beck of Christian Parenting Association has brought together 13 speakers to encourage you in your Christian and homeschooling ...
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Andrew Pudewa Homeschool Super Hero

Kerry Beck of Christian Parenting Association has brought together 13 speakers to encourage you in your Christian and homeschooling journey, including...
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Freedomship & Entrepreneurial Education

by Andrew Pudewa (Introduction by Dr. Tom Buckles, Biola University Professor) Many of us realize that we value home education not only b...
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What Are We Really Doing Here?

by Andrew Pudewa The Institute for Excellence in Writing started after Andrew Pudewa learned the Structure and Style® composition method from Dr....
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