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Andrew Pudewa is the founder of the Institute for Excellence in Writing and the presenter in the videos. With a background in violin, he compares learning to write to learning to play an instrument. He encourages many aspects of the Suzuki Method like the one point lesson. His extensive teaching career spans more than four decades!
Mr. Pudewa states that IEW is, "skills based and not product based." In other words, we as teachers should be more concerned with getting our students to develop writing skills and not be overly concerned with the content, at least at the beginning. Teaching Writing: Structure and Style is for you, the teacher or homeschool parent. You could think of it as the best college course you never took. While this follows the same course as the Student Writing Intensive, it is geared towards teaching you how to teach writing. Throughout the program, Mr. Pudewa gives examples of issues that may arise during your teaching. The Student Writing Intensive is a program written for the student. There are 3 levels: Group A for grades 3-5, Group B for grades 6-8 and Group C for grades 9-12.
IEW is a solid writing program. Every second I spend watching the videos was worth my time, ten-fold. I feel so much more confident to teach all 3 of my children how to really write. I must tell you that this program isn't meant to be used in the short amount of time that I used it. Ideally, you would work your way through it over the course of one school year for each level. I intend to start at the beginning again with my son and my 8 year old daughter.
Also, I would love to see the videos available online. There were several occasions, like being at gymnastics for 2 hours, where I would have loved to watch part of a lesson. I felt tied to my television and DVD player.
These two things could only improve on an already extraordinary curriculum. I would highly recommend IEW to anyone wishing to provide a solid foundation of writing skills.