12th Oct 2011
Wednesday // 7pm // 3 years ago
STEP UP TO WRITING- part one!
I NEED TO UNDERSTAND THIS: WHY IS ONE STRUCTURE OF WRITING TAUGHT IN FORMAL EDUCATION WHEN WE (STUDENTS) ARE EXPECTED TO BE ABLE TO WRITE FOR ALL DIFFERENT AUDIENCES (IN THE REAL WORLD)?
Step Up To Writing was actually a really dynamically interesting cirriculum program for me to dissect and explore. Honestly, I am not 100% sure how I feel about it though; whether I am all for the program or not. There are a lot of things I really agreed with and would really use in my own classroom, and then there is some stuff which I look at and want to delete it off my screen.
Some of the strategies that were being used in the program are some I want to implement in my own classroom. I love the idea of having children draw or write out their emotions next to something they read/write to show (and remember) how they felt.
**I just want my students to be able to express themselves; especially in writing. I understand that in science class there answer is either right or wrong because we are dealing with FACTS. But, that is not the case in writing, so why do we treat it like it is?
I just think that we (as teachers) and especially this program forget why we are having students write. This program is really all about structure. Even for planning to write a story there is even a format. When we tell a story to we have a format. Yes, we obviously speak in sequencial to what has occurred, but if there was a “STRUCTURED” format we HAD to follow everytime, the emotion and point of the story could and would get lost in the stucture.
I want to understand why we need outlines. Outlines are sturctured, quickwrites are not. We need to indent outlines and space things in wierd different ways, and honestly..Why is that necessary? Quickwrites get the real ideas out and isn’t that what we want?
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF SENTENCE STRUCTURE?
I feel like this Step Up to Writing idea is almost going backwards and having kids learn unnecessary things and procedures and structures to just not use it later. The perfect example is college. I learned sentence structure in all twelve years of my schooling before entering college. I was always told run-on sentences are not okay, and they need to be fixed. But now, I am in the real world and runaway sentences are seen as creative and I know they are creative. It makes my writing better, and it helps me to express myself. So now I question what I learned in my years of school and why would I want to feed that same (useless) information to my future students.
I feel like some teachers could use Step Up To Writing as a guide for their entire teaching. It tells you what to do before class and in class and additional ideas and there is just SO MUCH stucture. Let’s be creative and explore new ideas and teach our students what they need to grow and be the best versions of themselves.
I am struggling on figuring out how to encourage my students to grow, learn, be creative, and express themselves when I am the one in the classroom putting their ideas to a halt (because I have to follow a cirricculum that I don’t necessarily agree with).
I used to believe in giving students a foundation for writing, but as I think and explore more, I don’t know if ONE STANDARD foundation can be provided.