THE EFFECTIVENESS OF POWER WRITING

I am consistently amazed at the ‘power’ that Power Writing has to unlock an individual’s writing potential. Power Writing is based on a unique numerical approach to mastering the written word. As a result, the writing process becomes more enjoyable; organized and coherent writing emerges. It’s a win-win situation!

Discovering My Approach to Power Writing

Sometimes, life provides a series of clues that one must piece together in order to gain a deeper understanding of a situation. So was the case with Power Writing, for me.

I provide academic support to students on an individual basis. A common theme in our work is written expression, getting one’s ideas down on paper. In sourcing out the best method for constructing a paragraph, I came across a graphic organizer with a picture of an umbrella, with the labels Power 1 on the top, and Power 2 on the handle. Inspired, I started to use it to differentiate between a topic sentence and supporting details.

Several months later, one of my colleagues shared a list of ‘Power Signal Words’, words used to transition from one supporting detail to another; this helped build on my Power Writing methods. Having used what I had already pieced together with success, I felt compelled to search out the origins of the work in order to build a more comprehensive teaching tool.

The History of Power Writing

I found a program that was originally developed by a college professor in the U.S., that broke the structure of writing into numbered parts. It was later adapted for elementary and high school students by Betty Hamilton, who worked with two other educators to streamline the ideas for the classroom. I have expanded on their original numerical concept, and added a kinaesthetic and multi-sensory approach.

My goal was to create an engaging, active model to teach writing, while appealing to a wide variety of learning styles and differences. Using dynamic activities, games and puzzles allows the fundamentals of writing to come alive based on a very clear structure.

Power Writing at RRLS

At RRLS, we have implemented Power Writing with great success for several years. Students who employ Power Writing strategies learn to clearly visualize and organize their thoughts, find the right words, and structure their sentences in a manner that allows each student to fully express themselves. In implementing this systematic method, we have seen dramatic improvements in both the attitude toward writing and confidence of our students.  The results include greater personal satisfaction and quality of work.

The biggest benefit of Power Writing is that it takes the fear and anxiety out of writing.

Who benefits:

It’s a method that has been very useful for students with:

  • ADD/ADHD
  • expressive language issues
  • executive functioning issues
  • reading disabilities
  • those who are highly verbal but have a hard time getting their thoughts on paper

Power Writing can be used with gifted students as well! Many highly creative and imaginative students have difficulty streamlining their ideas, and become overwhelmed by the possibilities, rendering them immobile. Power Writing provides a clear path and structure for their work, while allowing their thoughts to flow.

I’m a huge advocate for Power Writing because I have seen how well it works!

More information is available on my site at http://ruthrumack.com/power_writing.htm

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