I had my Writing Circle up for lunch on Tuesday. I asked them to count the number of entries they’d written in the past six weeks. Let’s just say that there’s been an improvement, but it’s nowhere near the volume I expected. Needless to say, I’m a bit frustrated since I still don’t think I’ve sold these five students that writing matters.
“What else can I do to help you write daily?” I asked.
They made some suggestions, one of which the entire group liked. That idea was for creating a poster to put up at home as a writing reminder.
I went with it too.
The five students grabbed paper and began sketching their posters on Tuesday afternoon. All five of them came back up for lunch yesterday and continued to work on them, adding color with pastels or watercolor paints. (I’ll post pics of the final products.) However, I’m not sure that art posters at home will help them make writing a priority. I really, REALLY have to figure out what will so that their level of intrinsic motivation rises… drastically.
I am a literacy consultant who has spent the past dozen years working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grades K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.
I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).