The Write Way

Writing Beyond ELA: Cross-Curricular Ideas

 

We've all heard it; some of us have even said it:

“I’m a math teacher; what do I need with writing in my class?”

It’s easy to say that in math, there are right answers and wrong answers, and they’re almost always numbers. Recently, however, there has been a push in math for students to not only know what the answers are, but also to understand why the answer is correct. This is where writing comes into the picture. The best way to know what a student understands is to get them to explain it. Writing out an explanation for a math question is a great way to see if they really understand how

Conquer eLearning Days with PEG Writing

 

Snow storms. Ice. Hurricanes. Flooding. Heatwaves. Inclement weather can keep teachers and students out of school for days on end. We know that those hours must be made up, but the loss of workdays can be frustrating, especially at the end of the grading period when grades are due. No one wants to lose precious days from Spring Break and Saturday school is just as bad! So what other options do you have? Instead of scheduling make up days, some districts have used those inclement weather days as "eLearning" days. Teachers and students stay home but are required to communicate with each other

Meaningful Writing Instruction

 

It’s Sunday afternoon, and you’re writing your lesson plans for the week when you suddenly remember that you need to have a writing lesson too! Suddenly, you’re overwhelmed with visions of endless stacks of papers and grammar books. You’re thinking, “I don’t even know where to begin!” You know that you can’t just pick something from the internet and throw it into your plans. You can’t just make it up on the fly. There’s always a chance that your principal may pop in for an observation, so you know it’s got to be good! You are definitely not alone! We have some ideas on how to make writing

The Top 8 Ways to Ruin Your Winter Break... and 1 Way to Win It!

 

This is it! Your countdown to Winter Break is in the single digits! Your students are restless; your principal insists that movies are not acceptable; you are scrambling to find meaningful activities that will hold the attention of your kids. In short, you. are. exhausted. You NEED a break! You are so looking forward to that first day of liberation! Here's a list of things you can do that will definitely RUIN your break! 

8. Forget lesson plans for January.
This will leave you scrambling and wracking your vacation brain on the last day (or last few hours) trying to come up with something to

PEG Writing's Newest Feature: National Normative Data

 

You’re at the end of a unit and you want to see what your students have learned. What do you do? The easy thing would be to give them a test. But that would only show what they know, not what they’ve learned. You realize that you probably should have started the unit with a pre-test to see where your students were before you taught the lessons. (Don’t worry; we’ve all been there!) As student growth is the goal, you need a marker at the beginning to have something to compare to at different points in the year.

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Using PEG Writing as an RTI or Screener Tool

 

Benchmarks. Mid-terms. Remediation. Math. Science. Reading. Multiple choice. Short answer. So many tests. So much grading to be done. Stacks of papers to read. When do you have the time? Can you administer a test, score it, give feedback and return it to students in time for it to be meaningful? Before you move on to the next topic, leaving those struggling students to fall further and further behind?

We all know that assessments are essential to see where students are in their learning. To use them effectively, teachers should be able to grade the tests and give students feedback in a