Writing is the communication of thoughts and ideas. It is both an informal and formal ‘proof’ of literacy and content comprehension. However, the expectation of how writing is supposed to look can be confusing for both students and teachers. Writing can strengthen a student’s relationship to content, and help them orient their thoughts with those of others. This critically depends on a healthy ‘writer-editor’ dynamic, centering on listening and constructive feedback. The focus on one correct answer, or on grammar and conventions, can prevent a student from accurate communication. This barrier makes it difficult for students to synthesize their ideas on paper, even when they can readily explain or speak about them. Brainstorming, drafting and revisions should thus be a natural part of the writing process.
Need some help choosing a writing routine? The Writing Routine Guide will help you choose one based on the obstacles that have surfaced in your classroom.