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Sunday, September 23, 2007

An Aside... or Rant...

How frustrating! I was just in a tutoring session with a 10th grader who was suffering writer's block. His/her assignment? Summarize Lord of the Flies, but only write the introductory paragraph for the essay and don't bother with any "hook"--get right to the thesis. Ok, not a bad way for the teacher to break apart and essay and make it less overwhelming, but evidently the teacher's not helping the kid's self-esteem. The student had issues with timed district writing tests and felt they were lacking in writing ability somehow because of that. They thought their first drafts were worthless.

I assured them that they were normal and timed tests are laughable when viewed by real writers of any worth. I let them know that first drafts are usually pretty pitiful--that's why we edit and edit again and then submit manuscripts to editors... They seemed to feel better about their abilities, but I thought, "Why must I reassure a child about their rough drafts and performance on TIMED tests?" I mean, what are we thinking when we decide to trim all semblance of "art" out of writing and go for timed production writing? It's just obscene.

But that's MY opinion...
~Saoirse

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