Back Yard, Backyard, or Back-Yard?
Which is correct? Backyard, back yard, or back-yard?Read More
What’s the Deal with Copywork and Dictation?
Are the exercises of copywork and dictation necessary? Are they helpful? What’s the thinking behind these practices?Read More
10 Things We Believe about Teaching Writing
I have been teaching teens to write for a quarter of a century (Twenty-five years just sounds longer when you put it that way, doesn’t it?), and the online writing instruction service I founded, WriteAtHome, has been in business for a dozen years. In all that time we’ve learned a lot about how to teach writing effectively. Here are ten of the most important.Read More
Teaching Tip: 3 Rules for Creating Effective Writing Assignments
One of the toughest tasks of the writing teacher is coming up with assignments that challenge students without frustrating or boring them. I’m often asked if in our WriteAtHome courses we “tell students what to write,” or if we “give them the topic.” Here’s how I answer that.Read More