Writing skills and written communication are fundamental aspects of students’ success in terms of academic performance, personal life, and work opportunities. Therefore, educators must develop and implement the most efficient strategies for teaching writing. Writing competence incorporates vocabulary knowledge, sentence variations, punctuation, and other linguistic tools to teach cohesive and coherent writing.
Thus, teaching writing strategies must explicitly train students regarding thinking processes that facilitate good writing. With that said, the writing strategies that I find useful are the socio-cognitive approach to writing, balanced instruction, and providing students with writing tools. Cognitive theories are considered a common approach to teaching writing for different grade-level students. Such an approach is focused on the production of ideas and planning strategies and recognizes the socio-cultural context, thinking process, and reader anticipations.
The positive writing outcomes, including more comprehensive and enhanced quality writings, are achieved through guided class discussions and teaching of thinking processes provided by the educator. This strategy helps students be better acknowledged about the social context of the text and improves the means of stating and developing claims and responding to contrary views. Balanced instruction is one of the most effective and obvious strategies to teach writing, which is based on the aspects of prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and delivering the final work. In addition, there is a wide range of writing tools that support students’ writing process. For instance, it can be a list of transitional words and phrases that enhances the writing style and help to build well-structured sentences. A teacher might also provide students with a list of words to avoid in writing and give alternative options to use in writing.
To sum up, the most crucial aspect of teaching writing is to teach the writing processes and implement the specific strategies to promote students’ writing competence and help them to alleviate writing shortcomings.