I wish I loved to
teach writing. I think my kids are struggling because I do not like it
myself. So, once again I need to pick your magnificent brain. We are supposed
to be using xxxx xxxxxx writing workshop. I hate to say it does not work
for me. So, I am really slacking on teaching my kids. The program isn’t
structured enough for me. My kids do not even have a basic concept of
putting enough information together in written form to make any sense.
It is PAINFUL for me! In fact there is so much emphasis here in teaching
to the test, that writing is easy to skip. I know that I am doing a huge
disservice to my kids. Can you point me in a direction that may work for
someone who does not like to teach writing? When I was in your class,
you always made it fun, but I also feel like I learned HOW to write.
It's always good to hear from you. Don't feel bad. Writing is difficult for even the best writers. Teaching writing is even more difficult. It is 50% inspiration and 100% perseverance, so DON'T STOP!
It takes time...you can't rush the final product...if you do, you will hate it and the kids will know their writing stinks and hate it, too.
You absolutely can't start by letting them write a whole composition independently. It's too overwhelming to try to revise and edit a whole piece of JUNK.
To introduce writing,
I take all day (Mass Practice):
Guess which step is MOST important...and takes the MOST TIME? # 3
That FIRST day's Mass Practice prepares them to write more independently, often, in shorter times. (Distributive Practice)
Use my unit on The SOS File ...do you remember MA'S CAVE SOAP from my workshops? I think it's the best elaboration technique that I ever created for that...my unit for The SOS File explains it. Use a story map for organization. Together, it's simple and fun and you're safe even as you serve the "teaching to the test" mentality.
You can do it!!
Keep walkin' in the
sunshine and passin' it along!
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