I have not spilled a single word on this darn blog in a great while. I love writing, I am an adult writer, a leader of literacy… YET here on this blog I often find myself in a bit of a frozen blizzard of benumbing blogging .
At least my hasty absence creates the question I should ask before I instruct my students:
“How can teachers be more forgiving of our reluctant writers?”
Shall we not let writing happen when it needs to happen for that individual student? How about we have kids write when it is relevant, meaningful and most important sans judgement? I guess that is where educators most often get hung up… What matters to me or perhaps the students I teach is letting go of feeling vulnerable ?
Perhaps, writing without grading, expectations and prescription rubrics will activate that which matters, having a force from within come to life by just allowing for kids to write. No grades, no rubric, lack of topic (unless they truly desire & need a little scaffolding to get the wheels spinning)… Let’s try and be loose with our expectations and I imagine our kids will far exceed what we could envision.