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The teaching sequence that you'll find in How to write what you want to say... in the secondary years: Teacher's Guide is based on the teaching-learning cycle. There are four stages in teaching the skills needed to demonstrate writing for a purpose.

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Patricia Hipwell has developed these resources using a functional and guided approach which will enable students to say what they want to say and to know how to do so.  Much thought and creativity is evident in the very helpful and well structured set of resources that are well designed to help students achieve the goal of writing with confidence to achieve an intended purpose.
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Many schools allocate one or two lessons per week for developing study skills or preparing students for external examinations. A common name for this time is ACCESS. 

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You have a stack of assignments to mark and several lessons to plan. But instead of ticking things off your to-do list, you spend hours watching videos and endlessly scrolling through social media. It might not be easy, it is certainly possible to beat procrastination.
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Encouraging your students to speak, before they pick up a pen, is a great way to improve their writing. Here are two techniques that will save students time and frustration when they are writing.
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Having background and prior knowledge about a topic makes it easier for students to write about it. Getting your students to compile what they already know about a topic consolidates their learning and increases their depth of knowledge.

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We all know that reading is an essential skill, but many teachers struggle to fit it in with all the competing demands on their time.  Rather than see reading as an extra thing to make time for, we need to see it as part of how we teach content and skills.
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If you get to the end of each term and wonder where the previous 10 weeks went, you're not the only one! If you keep finding yourself making the resolution to be more organised next term, here are some areas you can focus on to help your students and make your life easier.
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