197: Should We Teach Writing Form or Writing Process?

Do you focus more on teaching the writing process or teaching writing form in your classroom? 

In this episode, we are digging into the difference between teaching the writing process and teaching writing form. You might not have given this much thought before, but I have some pretty strong feelings about it that I want to share with you. 

If you’ve been around here for a while, you’ll know that I’m passionate about teaching the writing process first and then getting into form differently from traditional teaching methods. 

I think that students need to learn how to write first. We need to teach them how to communicate their thoughts effectively. Throughout the episode, you’re going to hear me talk all about why that is and how to make it a reality in your classroom. 

In Today’s Episode We Discuss: 

  • The goals of a writing program 
  • Teaching skills that go beyond the walls of your classroom
  • The value of being able to communicate ideas clearly 
  • Looking at the expectations for teaching writing in your program 
  • Helping students to figure out the best process for them
  • Giving students the freedom to experiment with their writing 
  • Encouraging students to draft without worrying about spelling and grammar 
  • How to assess students’ writing 
  • Creating well-rounded writers 


We want more students to be successful in our classrooms, and we can make sure that happens by allowing them to authentically explore their own voices. Teaching process over form gives students the opportunity to learn how to write without the pressure of worrying about what they’re writing. 

If you find the information in this episode helpful, I know that you will love my Ignited Literacy program, so I want to invite you to enjoy a free week of Ignited Literacy in your classroom. Just go to www.ignitedliteracy.com/freeweek to download it now! 


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Other Episodes You’ll Enjoy:

196: Prepare Your Students and Yourself For Guided Reading

195: Run Literacy Centers in Junior Classroom

194: High Yield Strategies for Your Language Arts Program


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