There’s a Simpler, More Effective Approach to Writing Instruction

Helping teachers employ a streamlined approach to writing instruction that creates a sense of accomplishment and joy—for teachers and students!

Serving more than 50,342 students nationwide
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Working with more than 272 district partners
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Educating in over 1,080 schools
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Hi, I'm Patty!

Your Practical Professional Development Partner

Like you, I believe that our role as educators is to support students in becoming engaged, skillful learners. I also believe that every student is creative, that every student has something to say, and that we as teachers can help them find their voice.

I know that there are many challenges that stand in the way of achieving this goal: lack of time for writing instruction, an over-emphasis on standardized test scores, and pressure from unsupportive non-educators to name just a few.

That’s why I take a no-nonsense approach to writing instruction. I’m passionate about finding simplicity on the other side of complexity and sharing writing strategies that work.

I care deeply about your success. Over the past decade, I’ve helped thousands of teachers just like you learn simple, streamlined approaches for teaching writing and grammar, and I’d love to help you do the same.

Strategies for Teaching
and Learning

Orchestrate space for voice and agency

Patty McGee customizes her services to meet the needs of each individual school, collection of schools, district, or entity that she serves. In addition to working directly with teachers and principals in schools, Patty also assists in planning and implementing district-wide literacy staff development over time. 

Writing Instruction that Works

Want to escape the failed “fix it” model of corrective feedback and replace it with a more efficient and effective writing method based on student strengths? Let’s do it!

Grammar Instruction that Works

Ready to ditch the grammar worksheets and try a joyful, playful grammar approach that teaches students how language works and improves their writing at the same time? I’ve got you!

Keynotes that Connect and Inform

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Building from a love of literacy

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Featured Resources

Nurture authentic literacy learning

Writing Made Simple

In this episode of the Teachers Talk Shop Podcast from Benchmark Education, I share some of the best ways for teachers to support student writers in the classroom.

Grammar Refresh! Re-Envisioning Grammar Instruction

Students often don’t see the connection between grammar instruction and their writing. In this guest blog post on the Robb Review, I share five instructional moves to help students see how grammar instruction can be used to shape their writing.

The Crocheting Method of Writing Conferences

In the July-September 2023 issue of Literacy Today, I write about why correcting student writing is not the same as teaching writing and I share a different approach inspired by a photo of my Aunt Helen teaching my Dad how to crochet.

Some endorsements of Patty's Work

What Educators Are Saying About Patty


“I can think of no other consultant who has left a more lasting, indelible mark on our district than Patty McGee. Her driven nature and unwavering work ethic, her dedication to staying abreast of current research and best practices, her ability to provide teachers with just-right support and resources no matter their area of need, and her willingness to roll up her sleeves to model, co-teach, or coach in a classroom setting at the drop of a hat are just a few of the things that make her the incredible educational leader and change-maker she is.”

Christine Diaz

Supervisor, Paramus Public Schools


“Patty makes me feel like anything is possible, and she helps me teach my students that the same is true for them. ‘Go where the magic happens,’ ‘Take risks,’ and ‘Step out of your comfort zone’ are words that Patty teaches and lives by. Anyone who has the opportunity to work with her is unbelievably lucky, and for everything she has given me I am very grateful.”

Lesa Jezaquel

5th grade teacher, Ramsey, NJ

Books For Educators

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Ready for Streamlined Writing Instruction that Works?

Let’s talk about how I can help you create an instructional approach that you’ll love.