I am a new teacher, so everything I write is in "future" tense. But I plan for my students to have a daily writing which will take on a variety of forms. I've always felt that requiring journal writing may be "too much" and after a while might become routine/boring. I, myself, have struggled keeping consistent journals. Basically, I haven't. For me, I would rather spend that time writing something "real" for an audience/publication of some sort. So I would offer opportunities to journal on self-selected and teacher-selected topics, "quickwrites" on various topics, reflection papers, make lists, even brainstorm writing using stream-of-consciousness, webbing, diagrams, etc.
As a professional writer, I want to be sure to teach and give opportunity for practice outlining. Real writers, including myself, often approach a writing topic by outlining--thinking through the broad categories/ideas housed within/under the topic. I want to offer ample opportunity to help students learn to lay out skeleton frameworks for the various topics they encounter.
The advantages to this daily variety of writing opportunities are many. Daily writing builds discipline--a necessity of the real world writer. Daily writing is "thinking practice." Students (people) need ample opportunities to think about various issues and express their opinions and thoughts (even as these are in constant flux as a participant of a larger community of thinkers).
Received on Tue Jun 21 08:34:38 2005