professional development (PD) program for schools and entire school districts can be designed to meet their specific needs. PD plans that include hands-on modeling and coaching of new learning techniques show greater positive effects on student outcomes, and a tangible transfer of new teaching skills into the classroom. IWT can help teachers explore and understand the Common Core standards, then preview what Common Core implementation can look like in practice, using IWT writing-based teaching strategies. IWT’s writing-to-learn practices emphasize close readings of challenging texts, critical analysis, independent thought, and the development of both writing and speaking skills.
Wow! I’ve learned so much about writing and learning. I have a better understanding of how to weave writing throughout a lesson. I feel I have a deeper understanding of literacy and the implication for developing critical thinking through collaboration. Free Writing, Focused Free Writing, Process Writing, Dialectical notebooks, and Text rendering will be a good place to start.