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Increasing Creativity

Underpinning effective writing is creative thinking. The following activities have been shown to be effective for developing creativity. When you do these activities with children, keep it fun and join in, offering your ideas as well. Alternative Uses The Alternative Uses test was developed by J.P. Guilford in 1967. In the test situation, you have […]

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Writing to Improve Reading

Many students are still leaving high school with poor literacy skills. These students are subsequently at a disadvantage in successfully pursuing higher education, securing reasonable employment and participating fully in all aspects of society.  Although the following are USA statistics, the situation is very similar in Australia. Graham and Herbert (2010) argued that writing is […]

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Written Feedback

A common lament among teachers is the fact that students don’t seem to apply the feedback they are given, whether that feedback comes from peers or teachers. In terms of student feedback, this is most likely because the feedback provided lacks specificity. In terms of teacher feedback, it is probably because there is no reason […]

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Five Writing Ideas

The best way to improve children’s writing skills is, like any skill, to practise.  However, children who are not particularly good at writing are reluctant to write. So, it’s a ‘chicken and egg’ problem. Here are five easy strategies for encouraging reluctant writers to put pen to paper. The trick is to keep the writing […]

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Develop High School Students’ Writing Skills

Effective writing is a necessity, not only for academic success, but also for active participation in our society.  Yet, many students are still leaving high school lacking proficiency in this skill. Graham and Perin (2007) investigated the current research to determine the best strategies for  improving high school students’ writing skills.  Teach students strategies for […]

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