Writing is a special and old craft, that has persisted through time. It has served beautifully as a means of converting information, feelings, thought or ideas, and even as a means of relaxation or expression (poems).
Traditionally writing entailed the use of hand, ink, and paper. In this contemporary world of today, writing comes in various diversities.
The introduction of technology has made writing not only reclusive to paper but to the quirky and conventional ways of either writing an email or text to the document writing on gadgets, to code writing, and further to this writing on this post.
Writing is unique and with how geographical it has become (everyone, everywhere uses it), nothing still states that it must have guidelines.
Most especially to children, who should be allowed to explore this skill and not secluded alone to writing notes from the board or through dictation or essays or compositions.
Growing better students writers
Research has shown most students get lazy when it comes to writing, and further referred to as tasking.
These days notes are usually uncompleted and text messages are written with short words encouraging brevity and swiftness.
This is a problem and should be looked into by teachers. Luckily this post will render some tips on how to grow this skill in students.
Go deeper with some assignments
A teacher’s feedback is crucial. Students should write frequently, paving the way for them to go deeper with assignments, therefore, paving the way for more feedback.
If a student only writes essays or compositions, he/she is not getting adequate practice to improve significantly.
Improvement of this skill in students is with practice, in getting words on the page lots of them. Students should write a range of 30 and 60 minutes each day.
The idea behind this is that the more hours put in defining and refining one’s voice, organizing and reorganizing one’s thoughts, and learning how words spill out of one’s head and onto the page, the more writing development occurs.
This commitment could make some teachers nervous. With a mindset of “more additional writing more added time for delivering feedback”. But that should not be the case.
Teachers should focus on responding smarter, not harder. Meaning, teachers should focus on giving deeper feedback to a few essential concerns in a piece of student writing, rather than marking or rendering feedback to every single error.
Give an example of a writing process
No writing, came out perfect the first time, many mistakes, erasing, and canceling happened. This process should be made known to the students.
Teachers need to show them the process involved in this skill, in this sense, it is making the students aware that even adults make mistakes.
For example, a teacher gives students a 500-word essay. The teacher should give an example on the board, so they can see the teacher write, correct, rewrite, and so forth.
As you write, students would see how the teacher constantly refine their work.
In the process, the teacher should encourage students to call out mistakes as they write, and sometimes should include mistakes intentionally, to ensure that the students are paying adequate attention, and also to demonstrate how to solve problems in writing.
Give substantial feedback
The quality of a teacher’s feedback should be substantial enough to go beyond surface-level critiques of grammar, syntax, and punctuation.
Give and emphasize adequate comments and suggestions, rather than just pointing out errors.
For example, a teacher could notice how a student begins a number of sentences with the same pronoun followed by an action verb and then suggest to the student how they can vary some of the sentences so they don’t all sound or look the same. Further leading the student to work on sentence variety.
Teachers should be cautious against overmarking students. it can discourage and overwhelm students, further preventing them from engaging in the correction process and growing as better writers.
Instead of using so much red pen on a student’s work, you can select or give the student a focus for feedback with each assignment.
Widen beyond essays or compositions
Students writers should have a variety of genres and creative styles like audio and film scripts, comic books, and blogging, for example.
Students should also write above the curriculum. When writing practices are given to students beyond English and history, it serves as a powerful way to enhance their writing skills, with the subject matter deriving on how they approach the task.
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