3 Things to Avoid When Teaching Writing (From a Student’s Perspective!) with Anna Brekken


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You all know that I love writing and enjoy sharing tips when it comes to teaching writing. But I have a treat for you today! On today’s episode, I have guest Anna Brekken, who is a very accomplished 15 year old student! Anna is sharing three things teachers should avoid when teaching writing. 

Anna is a high school student and creative writer. She believes everyone has an incredibly important story to share, and creative writing is the tool to uncover your voice and stand out. When Anna started high school, she was disappointed in the way English was taught, so she did a TEDx talk about how to improve it.

Before that, Anna launched a blog, built her greeting card shop on Etsy, and pondered major life questions like, “Which font is worse, Comic Sans or Curlz?” 

If she’s not connecting with other teen business owners, you might find Anna chasing Pickles (her cat) or making every school assignment aggressively creative. Anna is an aspiring speaker and writer– new ideas flood her notes app daily!

One of the reasons I enjoy this episode is because our conversation revolves around a student perspective instead of the typical teacher or adult perspective. Anna is open about the three things teachers should avoid when teaching writing, which are: shy away from basic retell of texts repetitively, focus more on a specific audience, and not prioritizing grammar over the actual content and writing. 

There are so many takeaways from this episode, but a major takeaway is to create an environment that allows students to express themselves through their writing. Develop writing assignments that encourage students to embrace their personalities and provide opportunities that explore their ideas. 

Teaching writing can be a difficult task to tackle, especially with so many different foundations that students come into your classroom with. However, after listening to Anna’s things to avoid when teaching writing, I hope you take the time to reflect on your approach and techniques when it comes to writing in your classroom and focus more on students and their creative process.

In this episode with Anna Brekken, we discuss:
  • 3 tips teachers should avoid when teaching writing
  • How to incorporate a student’s personality in their writing
  • Encouraging teachers to have students get creative with writing assignments and explore their own ideas
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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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