Episode 35: Reluctant To Rockstar Writers with Pam Olivieri

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After 26 years in the classroom, Pam Olivieri of @rockinresources is an expert at reaching students by speaking their language. An elementary educator by trade, Pam’s ability to take a different approach towards a subject that many students and teachers tend to shy away from—writing—makes those around her take notice. Pam values quality over quantity, making her take on the writing process radically different from what is too often accepted as the status quo.

In this episode, Danielle and Nicole talk to Pam about what first got her started with TeachersPayTeachers, why she has decided to focus her energy on writing specific products, how she pivoted to developing trainings for teachers (and what her average day looks like now that she has officially left the classroom and manages an entire team). We pick Pam’s brain about where students and teachers alike usually go wrong with the writing process, and what steps we can take to make sure that we are cultivating students who are confident and competent writers.

What you’ll hear in this episode

-Why motivating students is key—and how Pam uses language to do it

-Why explicit teaching and modeling is critical for seeing progress

-The real time commitment it takes to teach writing the right way

-Steps to take to create rockstar writers in your classroom, no matter what grade you teach


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