Educators celebrate National Writing Day online and with social media

writing-twitterToday, students, educators, administrators, and writers will take to Twitter to celebrate the National Day on Writing by sharing ways they use writing to connect with family, within communities, between teachers and students, with colleagues, and across the disciplines.

This marks an important day, as schools increasingly require a focus on writing skills as part of the recently adopted Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

Founded by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) in 2009, the National Day on Writing “recognizes the importance of writing in our everyday lives, gives us a time and a place to celebrate our skills, highlights the remarkable variety of writing we do, and encourages us to share our work with others,” according to NCTE. “We recognize that people of all ages make lists and write lunchbox notes, send emails and write poems, draw, make videos and take snapshots, draw graphs and write reports; and that this means of communication is how we record our feelings, send messages, help ourselves remember, and how we learn.  

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