The Teaching Writing Playbook2022-05-02T18:32:22+11:00

The Teaching Writing Playbook will help you

  • Understand the difference between what teachers and students do in the writing classroom, why that makes all the difference and what to do about it;

  • See why writing problems are often not writing problems;

  • Learn to ask better questions about the most common roadblocks faced by students in the writing classroom;

  • Discover how to spring-load every task in a literate rich activity;

  • Start to use and identify the ten features of writing we all want – from whatever subject area;

  • Shortcut hours and hours of marking time by learning to spot thinking instead of grade writing;

  • Adopt a different mindset about teaching writing that will give you the skills, confidence and time to teach more effectively and;

  • Avoid hours and hours of resource development.

“Imagine umpiring a game of sport by working through the rule book from top to bottom? That’s just silly. But that is often how we approach teaching writing. The rules of the game are not the point, the game is. It’s game first; rules second. Teaching writing is to writing, as umpiring is to playing. It’s close. But not the same thing.” – Brad Kelly

If you’ve experienced any of these problems in student writing…

  • You develop highly scaffolded writing resources but as soon as it comes to independent work the rules seem to fly out the window?

  • Your students’ writing lacks relevant, detailed evidence to support an idea?

  • You’ve tried a paragraph first approach but you can’t seem to get your students to the next step?

  • Your students find it difficult to sustain an argument from question to conclusion?

  • Your students struggle to support an understanding of key terms and concepts with relevant, concrete examples?

  • Your students’ attempt at ‘sophisticated’ writing only results in long sentences and big words that don’t say anything?

  • You spend hours and hours grading writing and you are confused about how to fix a sentence or argument?

  • You feel a sense of failure as a teacher when your students don’t translate their understanding into their written work?

… then the Teaching Writing Playbook has been written for you

Why the Playbook?

In the last three years I’ve coached over 1,000 teachers to teach writing more effectively. I’ve been around teaching and writing and teaching writing for a long time. I’ve had 15 years in the classroom, head of history, I’ve written 7 books for senior students, and I’ve spent hours and hours of observation, reading and discussion with colleagues – as well as school consulting. 

This is also about what I have learned from the teachers who have attended my courses. It’s a two way street, right? 

The Teaching Writing Playbook: the most surprising paths to writing improvement is what I have learned. So far.

Why do I say surprising? 

Because over the last three years,  I’ve come to believe that the most under scrutinised but most valuable source of writing improvement is the space between writing and teaching writing! It is wide and unexplored and I’ve dedicated the second half of my professional career to teaching (and learning) more about this space. 

The Playbook is written as a conversation; designed to help teachers who feel lost about teaching writing in their subject. I also hope this book goes some way to helping literacy leaders avoid the best-guesses that often come with school writing improvement plans.

Thanks for dropping by.

Brad Kelly

… hey, one last thing. We’ve just released new dates for the Teaching Writing Playbook course. It’ll be on 3 November 2021, 8.30am-3pm (Sydney time), webinar via zoom with me. Click on the link below for more details.

Take me to the Playbook course

The Teaching Writing Playbook

The most surprising path to writing improvement

by Brad Kelly

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