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4 Tips For Teachers Looking To Improve Their Students’ Writing

4 Tips For Teachers Looking To Improve Their Students’ Writing

Writing is one of the fundamental life skills that is viewed as an absolute pre-requisite for success. Along with the development of social skills, reading ability and other forms of comprehension, a great part of what kids are doing at school is developing first the ability to write well. In fact, in a way, we never stop learning how to write, with our writing improving and changing as we get more and more experienced. That said, the really important formative stage involves the work that is achieved in the K-8 range of school, where students ought to be going from illiterate to comfortably able to express their thoughts on paper. However, that is far easier said than done. So, let’s take a look at some tips for helping your students along this path.

Writing as a Universal Responsibility

When kids are really young it is true to say that someone needs to be responsible for showing them how to shape the letters that make up words. But, in truth, these are handwriting lessons not writing lessons. Writing is a skill that needs to be promoted by all teachers, not just the English teacher. Any class that involves any written work should be giving students advice on how to go about improving their writing. When everyone commits to this goal it makes the process of improving writing an organic, intrinsic one rather than forced and hurried.

Practice is the Best Route for Improvement

Giving lectures on the art of good writing, even demonstrating good writing or getting your students to read good writing isn’t the same as simply making them do it. Part of developing writing skills is getting used to the act of it, learning the rhythms and cadences that work and learning to avoid the mistakes that you made the last time that you wrote. “Improving writing without practicing a lot is utterly futile, a message that should dictate to a large degree how teachers are best advised to teach their students. Finding pockets in the day to simply practice writing (creative or otherwise) can be an excellent method for developing the skill”, says Gordon Sterling, educational blogger at WriteMyx and BritStudent

Reading is Pivotal

Reading and writing go hand in hand in just about every way. “Even the greatest writers of all time would speak to the fact that it was only through reading that they were able to achieve what they achieved. Reading teaches and guides in a naturalistic, even simplistic way that really can’t be matched in terms of tools for helping develop writing skills”, explains Dorothy Lu, a teacher at 1Day2Write and NextCoursework. Of course, this begs a question which is what exactly it is that your students should be reading. Again, like writing, there are plenty of opportunities for reading that arise as normal parts of a school day. This means that, if you’re looking to use reading to develop writing skills organically, you might want to look for enjoyable reading activities, like book clubs or play reading, to help build positive associations.

Give Good Feedback

The key to giving feedback on writing is never to discourage. As a skill that is developed primarily through practice, you need to ensure that you never say anything about a student’s writing that will discourage them from wanting to write, or that makes them feel bad about their writing ability, or lack thereof. Ensure that feedback is detailed but positive, with the potential for growth and improvement always a key part of anything that you say to them. This will keep them positive, give them the help they need and stop them from giving up.


Writing is vital, and it is vital that it is taught well too. When a student has a good educational experience with writing then they have learned a skill, formed a connection even, that will stay with them for life and could have a big impact on their future. 

Mildred Delgado is one of the leads on the marketing team at Phd Kingdom and AcademicBrits. She works tirelessly to create a fully-functional site that accurately portrays the company and promotes an excellent UX. Mildred is also responsible for presenting these details to stakeholders in a series of marketing proposals. You can find her work at OriginWritings.

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