Tue Sep 8, 2015 23:09

I was thinking the same thing. It's a wonder how anybody ended up a writer the way we were taught to write in school. I remember that I hated writing because something was always wrong with it. It was never good enough and I didn't elaborate enough on a given topic (probably because I didn't know anymore about the topic). It wasn't by the rules or expectations of the teacher. It was always discouraging. I don't know what happened to turn it around for me. Maybe it was someone actually appreciated my written work and I felt that I wasn't some impaired after all. Luckily, some of us adults made it out alive and can write well enough to get our points across.

  • Cog. Process & writing - joanne abrams, Tue Sep 8 20:24
    Melanie, I agree! We are from a generation that endorsed that process of writing. It's amazing to think that people actually went on to become professional writers after such rigid or linear... more
    • Re: Cog. Process & writing - byrdaw, Mon Sep 14 18:20
      I completely agree with you on the process of writing. As I began the writing instruction with my students, I think of how excited my students were today. We had a writing party where we discussed... more
      • Re: Cog. Process & writing - joanne abrams, Mon Sep 14 21:46
        I feel that teaching writing is kind of like walking a fine line. As teachers we all want to remain true to our purpose and goals of teaching writing, yet we also want kids to feel "safe" to express... more
    • Re: Cog. Process & writing - brittanyavery, Fri Sep 11 07:51
      Joanne I'm also excited to teach writing this year! Reading the article made me think of how teaching writing now has to be so much funner than it was when students were forced to follow the linear... more
      • Re:Cog. process and writing - joanne abrams, Fri Sep 11 18:42
        Brittany, I just began "The Launch" yesterday and really feel like I have a sense of direction now. Prior to our writing coursework, I always felt like I was floundering and wondering if I was... more
        • Re:Cog. process and writing - brittanyavery, Sat Sep 12 17:03
          I launched mine on Wednesday, and I feel the same way! Having that experience from last year helped me to understand the article much better. Also, reading the article helped me to remember much of... more
          • Re: Cog. Process - joanne abrams, Sun Sep 13 11:18
            So true...I agree Brittany. It's helped us to form a familiar path to an end goal!
    • LOL - shannonsilver, Tue Sep 8 23:09
      • Ditto! - megangouge, Wed Sep 9 16:50
        I had a similar experience in school! I hated writing because I can remember the 4th grade writing test and practicing for that. I did well when we did the practice ones that the teacher graded but... more
      • Re: LOL - joanne abrams, Wed Sep 9 08:57
        Yes, made it out alive is right Shannon!!...there is so much I look back on now mainly from my middle school grades on up and wonder why we were taught that way, but I guess that's what education is... more
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