it's time to stop white-knuckling your writing instruction!
Because guess what?
It's neurologically *impossible* to get a person to learn something they care nothing about!
If you want writing to yield real meaning in your learners' lives, you'll need to present it in ways that actually matter to the futures they imagine for themselves.
You could get on their level. You could empathize with young adults. In your heart you absolutely knew, 'hey, I'm *made* to do this!'
You remember what it was like going through school, the good times *and* the bad. In taking up the post of 'teacher', you were determined to make learning memorable, not miserable, for your learners.
You care about students. And you know what strong writing skills can do for their lives. The ability to communicate clearly is a gamechanging quality...you were ready to do whatever it took to open those doors.
Well, I've got news, brave teacher...
It's time to retire those top-down demands and re-claim control over your students' writing experience!
Your days of status quo writing instruction are over, ma' friends!
I've thought long and hard about this one, guys, because I'm 'that' teacher who's written a million essays with her students only to see mediocre results. I've burnt the midnight oil grading them, only to watch my guidance get glossed over in the revisions. And I've witnessed my star-writers positively flounder in finding a job because their academic theory doesn't translate to real-world practice at all.
So I've dug to the depths of my creativities. I've dredged up the research. And I've since done the heavy, lesson-plan lifting to make sure my students can *tangibly* apply what I'm trying to teach them...
And I'm sharing that ultimate lesson kit with you, so your learners can set themselves apart in a digital era by having this kind of actual experience and real world know-how.
(because face it, no-employer-ever is gonna ask to see your students' essay portfolio!)
"Jill Pavich gives you the permission and freedom to explore what you instinctively know to be true, as a teacher, while also showing you how to align that ingenuity and creativity with the demands of the systems we teachers must work within. She's what we've all been waiting for."
These vibrant activities:
Now I get it if you're hesitant...leaning on modern, digital platforms for classic writing instruction?! Sounds suspect, right?
But here's the thing...
The circumstances of writing are *changing*. The days of text-only are merely a memory. In its stead, a blend of image, text, audio, and video is swiftly emerging.
If our students are going to communicate effectively in a modern era, they need to understand + practice the art of multi-literacy, which is what these lessons are all about accomplishing.
Deny our students this, and we're not only ignoring reality, we're doing them a grave disservice. And that's simply because:
Communicating online involves reading, writing, using your own voice, and listening to those of others. As secondary ELA teachers, this is *definitely* our department!
These activities will take learning well beyond the status-quo cognitive...
Yep. Keep on keepin'-on with the uphill battle of getting your learners to willingly 'up' their writing game.
With exam scores high, you may be happily settled in the land of essay-writing. And if you've got a thumb on grading without boring yourself to tears from assigning the same-ish topics en masse, then I certainly can't fault you for going with the option to do nada!
But if you're like, 'hmm...I think we could use some authentic uplift 'round here!', then you've got two more options yet.
If you seek out fresh instructional strategies on the regular, you're probably used to designing learning experiences all by your lonesome.
But how long does it take you?
First, you gotta collect the research, then flesh out the concept. Next it's onto creating the resources. Eventually, after days and days of toiling, you've got that lesson plan right where you want it (whew!).
(But it didn't come without a whole lotta blood, sweat-n-tears, for real!)
You've got the great idea but ZERO time to build it out. So there it lies, bound in that spiral notebook until 'one day' when you get around to implementing it (ouch).
Now let's get something straight...these are end-to-end lesson plans, but I won't boast a done-for-you model...
The best teachers know there's no such thing. In the interest of your own, unique teaching circumstances, I know you'll want to put your own thumb-print on these.
(What great teacher wouldn't?!)
But I definitely deliver the closest thing to it...a step-by-step, immediately implementable action plan for connecting your students writing experiences with the real world in the most honest way I know how. All while building their trust and teaching them foundational writing skills *at the same time*.
I've Got the A's to Your Q's...
Would you believe me if I said *forever*?!
Yep, you paid for 'em, so the content is yours to keep, always-and-forever.
(And if there ever comes a day when I decide to take the materials down from my site or from the platform they're housed on, you'll get *plenty* of advanced notice to download all contents prior to my doing so.)
PDFs and videos are fine for explaining just how this lesson goes down. But I also nested this activity inside an online project management tool (complete with checklists and everything!) because it's one that can serve your lesson planning *well beyond* this activity alone.
So I couldn't resist...I just had to turn you on to it!
[And just to make sure you feel all warm and fuzzy about the tech (i.e. if technology scares you, that is), I offer a brief tutorial inside your dashboard to help you navigate this bad-*ss project management platform (you're welcome!)]
One hundred percent.
Here's the thing...too often, we let our own inhibitions hold others back from learning and growing.
There's an easy solution for that, and it's one your students will definitely appreciate and respect...*tell them* you don't have all the answers. In an e'er-changin' world like the one we're livin' in, it's impossible to! Instead, let your learners know you'll be going on this journey ~with~ them, and that you'll be learning together.
Be the ultimate role model of what it means to take responsible risks, be resourceful, and fail forward...you GOT this!
If you want to go far, you go together, right??
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I've got answers! Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll be sure to get back to you lickety-split!