Balance Creativity and Technical Writing Skills: 5 Strategies for Your Writers


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With most things, balance is the key to life. It’s about finding the right amount between two things, not having too much or too little. Well, the same can be said with writing skills. We’ve established before that writing can be difficult and is a challenge for a lot of students, so it’s finding the right balance between interest and skill. In today’s episode, I’m sharing 5 strategies you can start using with your students that give you a balance of writing skills between creativity and technical writing.

When two concepts are on opposite ends of the spectrum, we tend to teach them separately, when really, they should happen inter-connectedly. It’s important for students to understand that writing is fun and engaging, while also displaying proper technical accuracy. 

In order to create this balance of writing skills, I’ve come up with 5 strategies that pulls out student creativity, along with paying attention to technical writing, which are:

  1. Provide student choice and voice in their writing
  2. Model effective writing techniques
  3. Incorporate a variety of writing experiences in your classroom
  4. Find a balance between creative expression and technical accuracy
  5. Encourage reading

Finding this balance of writing skills can be a complex and challenging task, but is achieved through the right approach and these 5 strategies. Showing students the balance will help them value both creativity and technical accuracy, while also striving to improve in each area to eventually become confident, skilled, and expressive writers!

In this episode on finding a balance of writing skills, I share:
  • Why writing needs both creativity and technical accuracy to be effective
  • 5 strategies that foster creativity, but pays attention to technical writing
  • How reading visually shows students correct writing behavior
  • Modeling is the key when providing a balance between the two
  • Tips to exposing students to a variety of writing topics that creates experimentation
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Hey, I'm Megan!

I am a literacy specialist and curriculum designer who loves sharing tips and ideas to help students thrive in literacy! It brings me joy to await those a-ha moments and to see light bulbs turn on!

I have a huge passion for reading and writing and love to co-mingle the two any chance I get! You can expect to learn new strategies and ways to keep your students engaged during your literacy block! I am so glad you’re here!

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