There's no denying it, teaching writing can be daunting. Now add to that the challenge of disengaged students – or worse, students that don't even want to go to school – and it becomes an impossible task. Yet according to AERO CEO, Dr Jenny Donovan: “Writing is the foundation skill that students require to understand and communicate what they are learning across all their school subjects, and one of the most important skills in working life.” So how do we teach this vital life skill in a way that will reach our disengaged students? When many of us feel we don't have the tools to do it? Improving student engagement, one step at a time The key is to start small. Taking small, manageable steps builds student confidence and makes writing fun and achievable for all ability levels. One program is helping teachers and schools do just that. Seven Steps to Writing Success is an award-winning approach to teaching writing that is proven to get results, but most importantly – kids love it. And it's doing wonders to boost student engagement in the classroom. “My students have reaped the benefits of the Seven Steps and it has improved their writing abilities significantly, from my lower-end students who struggled significantly before through to gifted students who were able to improve and hone their writing. It is such a game changer for teaching writing skills,” says Year 5 teacher Nicole Gorrie. Natalie Chapman in WA saw an immediate impact in her classroom after starting the program: “I started with Sizzling Starts and the classroom just exploded with keen and creative writers. All my reluctant students had something written down and everyone wanted to share. Literally every one of my 32 students!” 5 tips for lifting engagement and transforming writing “At its core writing is simple,” says author and Seven Steps founder, Jen McVeity OAM. “All I did was break down the techniques of writing to make them easier to teach; more accessible, more practical.” Here are Jen's top 5 tips for turning even the most reluctant writer into a passionate storyteller: […]
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