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3 Things You Can Do Now to Improve Your Writing Instruction Next Year

Not So Wimpy Teacher Podcast

Release Date: 06/03/2019

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Are you reflecting on what went well this year and where you want to grow as an educator? So many teachers are wanting to be more effective writing teachers next year. It's such a tough subject to teach, but we are committed to improving! I have three simple steps that you can take NOW (while relaxing by the pool or vegging in your pajamas) that will help you to make positive changes in your writing instruction next year.

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