When you teach 50, 100 or even 150 students each week, we know that organizing student writing can be a challenge on a single screen. Here are some practical ways to have all your students and their work at your fingertips on Write About!
1: More Modeling = Less Moderation
Keeping up with approving every single Post and Comment if you are requiring Moderation for every student can be overwhelming.
- Scaffold publishing and commenting permissions by with the basic "I Do, We Do, You Do" approach during your first few days on the platform.
- Have your classes discuss Write About norms for what quality writing and commenting looks like, and have them find and produce models for both Posts and Comments during the first days.
- If you do want to use Moderation at the beginning, use a gradual release of control as students earn your trust for publishing and commenting.
2: Create a Class Groups for each class period or section you teach!
- This allows you (and your students) to quickly find what everyone is writing:
- Or what 1 specific student is writing:
3: Differentiate Assignments/Choices Using Group Pages:
Going into a Group page allows specific students to see specific content you have shared with them or they have shared with each other:
4: Have Students Hold Themselves Accountable!
Learn how this Middle School ELA teacher with 100+ students used "Write About checks" each week so that students were constantly writing for both assigned and choice topics with consistent (and improving) quality.
Remember, if you are reading every single thing that your students are writing....they aren't writing enough!
Write About should become your student-driven community that amplifies instruction and allows you more meaningful time to conference with students individually or in small groups!