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What if I told you that most writing problems are not writing problems at all?

That might sound funny – but it’s true.

The Writing Cycle is designed to get you ‘inside’ the writing activity. It looks at six major elements in student writing: affective domain, location of information, understanding, evidence selection, organisation of ideas and expression. The Writing Cycle is unique because it acknowledges that all these things are happening at the same time.

The view from ‘inside’ the writing cycle is the most effective position from which to teach writing. 

At the end of this course, you will develop more understanding about writing through the eyes of your student, develop a more accurate and diagnostic assessment tool and teach writing with more confidence from ‘inside’ the activity – instead of standing on the outside looking in.

The Writing Cycle 2 hour course is designed for the busy teacher who wants something out of hours.

This course will begin with a 30 minute writing activity to put you in the shoes of your student and ‘inside’ the writing.

After that, we will identify the six elements of the Writing Cycle – and why understanding how all these elements will give you a more holistic, flexible and accurate approach to writing improvement.

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What will you learn in The Writing Cycle?

  • Why how we feel represents about 40% of the writing activity

  • How to maintain your focus, manage your distractions and overcome writing frustrations

  • The reason great writing starts at the location of evidence stage

  • How to locate resources that spring-load writing

  • How writing is a response to texts

  • Why selection of evidence is the superpower of writing

  • How to make notes that will fuel strong writing

  • The architecture of an argument

  • Why a paragraph-first approach to writing has its limits

  • The ten writing features that every teacher wants from across the curriculum