The Challenges of Teaching Writing and How to Overcome Them


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Throughout our school day, teachers face a variety of challenges from a variety of different components. Some of them we can control, but some of them we can’t. One of the challenges teachers face is teaching writing to students. Although we can’t control every aspect of our literacy block or the skills students come to us with, we can start to change their mindset to grow their skills. In today’s episode, I’m talking all about the challenges of teaching writing and how to overcome them.

First, these writing challenges aren’t new, but they have been impacted more due to the pandemic. Other skills may have taken precedence over writing, which explains why their writing skills are lacking. However, students’ writing skills aren’t the only roadblock. Teachers are lacking support, guidance, and personal confidence when it comes to writing. Some may even be without a true writing curriculum in their schools or districts. 

While all of those components result in challenges of teaching writing, there are ways to overcome them and be successful. During the episode, I share several different ways to change the way you think about writing or how it’s incorporated throughout your day.

Each idea is simple, yet effective, and shows the countless benefits writing has on your students. And spoiler alert, they don’t just apply to your students! I share ways that you, as the teacher, can overcome your own challenges to teaching writing. 

If you notice writing challenges in your classroom, it’s time to take action. Long are the days where you can sit back or ignore writing. Once you start overcoming the challenges of teaching writing in your classroom, you will notice a transformation to your students’ confidence and overall writing growth, which is exactly what we want!

In this episode about the challenges of teaching writing, I share:
  • How when teachers lack confidence in writing, students tend to pick up on that and carry the same feeling
  • Why changing your mindset about writing to something positive not only impacts you, but also your students
  • Several ideas to overcome the many challenges of teaching writing in your classroom
  • Ideas that will help make writing more fun or add something special to your writing center or time
  • Ways to create more time for writing throughout your school day
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About The Literacy Dive Podcast:

Do you find yourself seeking new ideas when it comes to literacy instruction in elementary classrooms? The Literacy Dive Podcast was created to offer actionable steps and to share information for teachers, like you, who are always looking to improve their craft! ELA is our jam and we are excited to dive into all things reading and writing with you!

Your host, Megan Polk, is the creator and owner behind The Literacy Dive and loves to support students and their teachers with curriculum, literacy instruction, best practices, and engaging literacy activities.

Dive in with us every Monday for a new episode from Megan! She, and her guests, will chat about various literacy topics and will bring you tips and tricks that can easily be implemented in your classrooms. You can tune in wherever you get your podcasts! Listen to The Literacy Dive Podcast on platforms like AppleSpotifyStitcherGoogle, and more! If you find value from listening to this podcast, please rate this show, leave a review, and follow!

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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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