To write or not to write~

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?”

Let’s just go after it, WRITE KIDDOS WRITE.

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.

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Amy Cooper is a passionate change leader in K-8 education with well over a decade of teaching experience. She consistently harnesses positive disruption for 21st century learners; teaching and leading by a steady work of the heart. A Digital Badging expert and seasoned conference presenter, Amy has facilitated several professional development sessions in technology. In addition to her background educating both children and adults, she also has had the opportunity to work alongside undergraduate professors as both a Teaching Assistant and Researcher. Amy has shared her knowledge of e-learning and digital badging on various podcasts with millions of listeners. She is both a Writer and Author who regularly posts innovative and insightful messages on various social media outlets including LinkedIn, Twitter @amycooper100, and her own blog: Amy is expected to earn her Doctorate of Education in December 2018 and looks forward to continuing to share her love for education with the world.

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