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Maggie Horne
Reply to Freedom in Writing
Fri Jun 19, 2015 10:51
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Haley, I too was apprehensive about writing instruction at the start of this week. So many students, our age group included, were taught that we must be absolutely perfect and that we can never ever make mistakes. In my Block 1 practicum experience my teacher had several "rules" that she permanently kept on the board. One of them was to "make mistekas". (mistakes). We get too hung up on all of the writing rules and we keep our students from expressing themselves! Yes, proper grammar and punctuation are important, but we need to be careful not to shut off our students imagination and creativity. Students should find freedom in their writing, and the punctuation and grammar can later be revised.

  • Freedom in Writing - Haley Brigman, Thu Jun 18 23:03
    I was a bit apprehensive when I began this module because I am much more comfortable with reading instruction than writing instruction. However, I was very interested in the approach that this weeks... more
    • Re: Freedom in Writing - Karley Ingold, Sat Jun 20 16:47
      I agree that teaching without tight standards on writing is a wonderful way to engage students and motivate them to want to write but I feel as if at some point that grammar and spelling rules must... more
    • Freedom - luckadooso, Sat Jun 20 16:16
      I agree, Haley, that I was also apprehensive. I think this view on writing instruction is unique and will help me in my future classroom. I think letting our students know that their writing has... more
    • Reply to Freedom in Writing - Maggie Horne, Fri Jun 19 10:51
    • How to un-teach - Cassidy Milosh, Thu Jun 18 23:23
      And just think, we'll be getting students in our classes who have already been taught how to stay in the box and never never make mistakes. They have good reason to despise writing! With the... more
      • Reply to Cassidy - Haley Brigman, Thu Jun 18 23:43
        Exactly! I was never given the opportunity to free-write until college and I struggled with it so much. Hopefully, the cycle will end though!
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