The Write Way
Michelle Keitz is the Business Development Manager for MI Write. In her six years with MI, she’s been in this role for the last three.
What do you love about your job?
I love that we are able to help students improve their writing skills, which will serve them well wherever their paths may lead. If you have good written communication skills, you have unlimited potential.
What has been the biggest obstacle in your career?
I am still not sure what I want to be when I grow up. I have been in educational sales for the past 22 years and before that, I was an ESL teacher with the
Back in the spring of 2020, the country was singing the praises of teachers because the magnitude of their position in society was realized when schools were shut down and the responsibility of teaching was left to parents. Social media was ablaze with teacher appreciation. There was a feeling of gratitude in the air, but that swell of recognition soon fell quiet as the year went on and the promise of returning to in-person learning became increasingly unlikely for most of America.
We wanted to check in with our teacher friends to see how they were doing. Sandy, Lulu, and Brandi are a
This pandemic has had a serious impact on all of us, some more than others. Many people have been laid off and looking for another job for months. High school seniors had to miss their proms and have had “drive-thru” graduations. A lot of people are very grateful to have kept their jobs, but many have been forced to create a space at home from which they can work. No matter the situation, living in a primarily virtual world means that written communication is now a high priority, and most people could use a little help with that.
That’s where we come in.
You may already know about MI
At MI Write, one of our favorite things is do is highlight a client and thank them for their hard work in their classrooms with MI Write. We want to show our appreciation for everything that educators do for the students in their schools, districts, and states. It is our goal to always serve the teachers who are feet on the ground in schools, working with students every day to improve understanding, skills, and scores.
Last December, we gave a shout out to Amy Ramsburg of Wood County, West Virginia for being an advocate for our program in her classroom and her district and for the way
The responsibility for writing instruction shouldn’t all fall on the shoulders of English teachers. Writing can be done, taught, and improved in any subject area! Studies have shown that writing in any content deepens students’ comprehension and confidence in the subject.
Here is a suggested timeline of ideas on how to use writing throughout the year in all different content areas. Take them and make them your own to meet the needs of your students. These suggestions are by no means exhaustive, but hopefully enough to give you somewhere to start.
September - use writing to get to know
Writing isn’t always given the time and attention it deserves. We know that your schedule may not have much wiggle room, especially in these odd days of the pandemic and blended learning models of schooling. However, we do hope that you will be able to squeeze in writing instruction when you can. To help you do that, here are some suggestions* for how and when to include writing in your lesson.
September - use it to get to know your students and figure out what their writing needs are.
- Prompts: Create a prompt asking your students to introduce themselves, highlighting their favorite