© 2017 Linda G. Aragoni
Best practices work for students and their teachers. The best practices for teaching writing focus on teaching essentials thoroughly. If your lesson content isn’t essential, why are you wasting time on it? Teaching the essentials thoroughly usually means teaching a few lessons multiple times in multiple ways over a period of months. When your goal is developing writing skill, you must teach the essential concepts, patterns, and skills until students write competently. Competence takes time. Students need time to try out what they understood you to say to see how it works in their writing—which is vastly different from seeing how a concept works on publisher-created materials. If students don’t learn to write competently, you may have presented but you didn’t teach.