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Can Picture Books be Used for All Year Levels?

Picture books are often left to the younger years of primary school, but I’ve found them to be more beneficial for our older students. Why?

When we write, should we use plain English or big words?

Big Words

Words are fascinating but they present a conundrum. My editor brain says, ‘Small words, plain English.’ My teacher brain says, ‘Throw me all the juicy, teachable words you can.’ And my poor author brain is stuck in the middle.

Writing has lost its enjoyment factor in schools.

What’s Going on with Writing Lessons?

‘I hate writing!’
‘Writing’s boring!’
Those words are hard to hear coming from our students’ mouths – so why is it happening?

To judge, or not to judge, that is the (editing) question (part 1)

Writing that is full of errors is not pleasant to read, however, there are times when we can take our editing hats off.

WRITING OR EDITING: THREE WAYS A STYLE GUIDE WILL HELP YOU

Do you know what a style guide is? Do you have (and use) one for your school or organisation documents? If not, here’s why you should.

THE OXFORD COMMA – PROOFREADING JOY OR NIGHTMARE?

For such a small punctuation mark, the comma can cause all sorts of problems. And don’t get me started on the Oxford Comma.

COPYEDITING – SIX QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASK AFTER YOU’VE TRIED TO DO IT YOURSELF (or perhaps before)

Should you copyedit your writing yourself? Probably not – but if you do, make sure you ask yourself these six questions.

6 ways you can proofread your own writing (and why they might work)

Can’t afford the time or money to employ a proofreader? These six tips may help you.

SURELY WE CAN EDIT OUR OWN WRITING? AND DOES IT REALLY MATTER ANYWAY?

Why would you pay for professional editing and proofreading?

As brilliant as our brains are – they cannot focus on meaning as well as secretarial aspects.

Keep reading to find out why …