Ep 183: Teaching Writing is a Waste of Time (Unless You Do This...) - EB Academics

Ep 183: Teaching Writing is a Waste of Time (Unless You Do This…)

Teaching writing can be a huge waste of time. Yes, you heard that right – but let Caitlin and Jessica explain! When students’ essays are impossible to understand or are not much more than summaries, and when you are absolutely dreading grading them, something has to change. Thankfully, there’s a great way to do just that.

Jessica and Caitlin explain how the EB Writing framework offers students a comprehensive, step-step-step method for essay writing. Reinforce the framework all year for maximum results and essays you actually want to grade.

Listen in to hear from teachers who have used this framework with great success in their classrooms. Even better, learn how you can gain more in-depth knowledge of this simple but awesome writing approach!

Tune in now to hear:

  • [01:00] Caitlin starts off the episode with a controversial statement: writing can be a huge waste of time. 
  • [01:30] Caitlin and Jessica discuss common frustrations in grading students’ essays. What separates your strong writers from your weaker writers?
  • [04:40] What’s the real problem with writing instruction in many classes? In so many classes, writing has no instruction!
  • [05:10] Ask yourself: Do you include writing in your ELA class? (The answer is probably “yes”!) Now, ask yourself, “Do you teach your students how to write in your class? Each part of an essay?
  • [06:00] This is why teachers need an effective framework to help teach writing! Something to rinse and repeat throughout the year and reinforce regularly.
  • [07:00] Jessica shares the story of how she and Caitlin created the EB writing framework for their students. What makes it effective? It shows students each step of the process.
  • [08:00] The importance of reinforcing the framework multiple times throughout the year
  • [10:20] After using this approach, you’re going to want to grade your students’ essays! Plus, with smoother student writing, your grading will be faster, too!
  • [13:20] Caitlin shares a powerful teacher testimonial.
  • [14:10] Caitlin explains how improving students’ writing confidence builds teacher confidence, too!
  • [14:40] Want to learn about this EBW framework in more depth? Join us for a writing workshop this summer!
  • [15:00]: Jessica shares another great teacher testimonial.

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