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Enthusiasm For Writing Boosts Scores in Florida School

Publication: St. Petersburg Times
Date: June 1, 2011

Summary: Using the Tampa Bay Area Writing Project as a key resource, Sunray Elementary principal LeAnne Yerkey got all of her school's teachers to learn several winning ways to get kids writing well.

 

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Using the Tampa Bay Area Writing Project as a key resource, Yerkey got all of her school's teachers to learn several winning ways to get kids writing well. They shared a common language and background on the topic, but were allowed to pursue their own methods to reach the students and help them improve.

"Once you gave us that foundation and got us excited, we took it to the classroom," fourth-grade teacher Michele Skelly said.

That, in turn, got children excited and wanting to do well. They would read some examples of strong writing, often with specific techniques in mind, and then let the writing begin.

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