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Ep 34: Mini Literary Analysis Writing PD – Eliminating Writer’s Block

November 5, 2019 2 min read

I’m willing to bet that if you’re a teacher and you teach writing, you have heard the words: “I don’t know what to write.” 

I’m also willing to bet that prior to hearing these words, you provided a crystal clear prompt, held rich discussions, and assigned classwork that perfectly prepared your students to write their hearts out. 

And yet, it never fails. Writer’s block is a normal part of the writing process, and this week, we are back at our mini professional development podcast series with the simple solution you and your students need. 

If you’re just tuning in, head back to Episode 33, where we share our first writing strategy (and a freebie!) for implementing our game-changing evidence-based writing program, Writing Instruction, a Proven Approach. 

And now, here’s a play-by-play of what you’ll learn in today’s podcast episode. Prepare to wave writer’s block frustration goodbye with this simple strategy that you can implement today!

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • [5:08] Hear why a strategy to combat writer’s block is so important.
  • [7:50] The EXACT strategy we use to eliminate writer’s block forever!
  • [13:00] Hear from a real teacher about how her students’ writing has changed after using our evidenced-based writing program.

Click here to listen now!

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