An Overview of WTR
Educators, this video provides an overview of the educator wheel. It includes the process from the educator's perspective and the framework for teaching it.
We provide virtual and in-person sessions on how to utilize WTR to improve writing performance in schools.
Test scores increase by 10-15 percentile points annually when when WTR is implemented across disciplines consistently over consecutive semesters.
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How to utilize the student wheel to guide Grades 6-12 students to develop writing confidence. Side one is for daily writing.
Side two guides students on how to write in response to test prompts. It provides tips for informative, argumentative and narrative essays.
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During the peak of the pandemic we struggled with means for keeping our teachers motivated. I reached out to Dr. Watts at Buddinwriters Academy and I am glad we did. She conducted interactive virtual sessions with our team of 26 cross-curricular educators on how to teach writing to our students in remote learning. We knew we were on point when our American Sign Language (ASL) teacher realized that she could utilize WTR to teach her students how to think as writers even though they communicated differently. Our educators expressed enthusiasm and continue to request follow-up sessions.
- After School Program Director - USVI
After we solicited Dr. Watts as our virtual trainer on "How to Prepare the Elementary Child for Writing", we were concerned about keeping our teachers motivated to teach the process in non-Language Arts classes. We knew we could not afford the additional coaching and support sessions Buddinwriters offered, but we wanted to ensure that all new teachers who entered our building knew how to utilize WTR process and its resources. We reached out to Dr. Watts and she provided videos that outlined the use of each significant resource. Buddinwriters is truly concerned about students in disadvantaged settings and we are thankful.
- Head of School in a Disadvantaged Setting
My students have utilized Dr. Watts’ simplified method RID PWD ( Read, Identify, Determine, Plan, Write, Double check) of tackling test prompts. My regular students were just as effective as my advanced students in deciphering test prompts. It was amazing to see all my students experience the same level of success.
Highly Effective High School Cambridge Teacher, Brevard Public Schools, Florida
After two years of consistent use of WTR across all disciplines, our school experienced enough gains to make annual yearly progress. Dr. Watts conducts professional development workshops in which she engages teachers, simplifies concepts, and uses practical examples.
- USVI Administrator
I was pleased with my child’s response to reading until I tried WTR with her. She was comfortable with summarizing, but once we got to the reaction stage, she began to express frustration. I realized then, that WTR is what my daughter needed to develop the skill and habit of responding to questions that go beyond the text.
- USVI Parent
The workshops on teaching how to implement the WTR process were timely. The process really works well in motivating students on all educational levels. I have seen awesome improvements with my second and third grade students. They are summarizing and are preparing to react to what they read. The approach is simply amazing. Thank you Dr. Watts.
- Teacher Leader, Dominica
We are happy to be part of such a bold move to support the improvement of reading and writing performance among primary schoolers in our country.
- Donor, Dominica
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