by Natalie O'Neil
"Most teachers can empathize with the difficulty of teaching writing. You’ve likely experienced that hair-pulling moment after reading students’ unpolished, disorganized essays that lack support and analysis. And if you’re anything like me, you’ve probably asked yourself, “What can I do to help my students become better writers?” For years, I searched for some way to beat the writing blues. I read books about teaching writing by folks like Stephen King, Karen Spear and Donald Murray but nothing changed: students still feared writing assignments, and I still struggled with teaching and grading them.
"But I was determined to find a way to make my students better writers, and even more determined to find a more effective way to guide them through the process.
"That’s when I turned to technology. I had been following a few edtech blogs and publications, and sure enough, among the latest digital writing trends, I found exactly what I was searching for: a free trial to a tool promising a solution to teaching writing. After an introduction to the platform, creating teacher and student accounts, I embarked on the greatest writing teacher journey of my career and invited an edtech startup to be our classroom writing guide. Citelighter, an all-inclusive digital writing platform, has had an unbelievably positive impact on my view of teaching writing. In particular, Citelighter has changed my teaching and my students’ writing in three profound ways."