What Works in Writing Instruction

Oct 31, 2013Education, Writing0 comments

HILL Facilitator Leslie Laud has a wonderful post on Education Week today about Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) and the positive impact it has on instruction.

“Students don’t line up at my desk to ask me what I think of their writing now,” Sue Teixeira, a 4th grade teacher, commented. “They immediately self-score their own work now that they understand the criteria and how to evaluate their work for this.”

Another 3rd grade teacher, Amy Benoit, added, “I see children writing better, but also liking writing. No more huffing, puffing, lamenting—just great gains.” (via Education Week)

SRSD is an extensively validated program for writing (including sentence construction, planning and revising, and genre element knowledge) and self-regulation strategies for writing (including goal setting, self-instructions, self-assessment and self-monitoring, and self-reinforcement). Developed by Dr. Karen R. Harris of Arizona State University and designated by What Works Clearing House at the Institute of Education Sciences as a highly successful research and evidence-based strategy. It is appropriate for use in grades 2 through high school, and designed for students in both general education, and special education.

Click here for more information on SRSD, including current workshop offerings and how to bring it to your district!