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Response: We Need to 'Slow Down' When Teaching Writing

What is the biggest mistake teachers make in writing instruction, and what should they do instead?

Writing instruction is one of the unspoken ills of teaching. Students write, and teachers instruct, but rarely do worlds collide. Once students are around third grade, the expectation is they will produce paragraphs and respond to text. Rarely, if ever, do we support students in the actual work of how to write.

Consider the progression in many schools. Students learn letters and beginning sentence in kindergarten, progressing to full sentences in first grade. They might be taught subject and predicate in grammar, and capital letters and end marks, but are they ever... Keep Reading at


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