3 Writing Tips for Kids Who Donʼt Like to Write

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Lots of kids hate to write and I feel like I’ve actually heard teachers talking about writing being something sort of tricky to teach. People tend to think it’s not really teachable but it totally is.

I think with reading, we have to redefine what writing looks like. You’re reading a book and at the end you want to summarize it. Sure you can write an essay, but you could also do some sort of like a visual collage ,or make a movie poster if it’s like a narrative book.

So those are types of, I would argue, writing because they’re an expression of your understanding or their expression of yourself but they’re not necessarily like writing by hand. The other thing I’m a strong advocate of is assistive technology.

So students can type, students can dictate, use word prediction and again that cuts out some of the frustration. And why kids hate to “write” is because those things are tricky. A lot of kids have trouble with spelling and then they don’t want to write anything because they’re a little bit too anxious about whether or not they’ll spell something right or wrong.

So then using dictation or having spellcheck, which is built-in to everything now, can help alleviate some of that anxiety. Having kids write about things that they’re interested in can still build on the same skills.

So I really like to use persuasion or informative writing. Why I don’t want to clean my room, you know, things like that. And so you can work on the skills but build in some sort of interest component.

Because we shouldn’t write just because our teacher or parent told us to. Most people write because they want to communicate something. So again, kids have a lot to communicate. lots of kids hate to write and I feel like I’ve actually heard teachers talking about writing being something sort of tricky to teach people tend to think it’s not really teachable but it totally is I think like with reading we have to redefine what writing looks like you’re reading a book and at the end you want to summarize it sure you can write an essay but you could also do some sort of like a visual collage or make a movie poster if it’s like a narrative book so those are types of I would argue writing because they’re an expression of your understanding or their expression of yourself but they’re not necessarily like writing by hand the other thing I’m a strong advocate of is assistive technology so students can type students can dictate use word prediction again that cuts out some of the frustration and why kids hate to write is because those things are tricky a lot of kids have trouble with spelling and then they don’t want to write anything because they’re a little bit too anxious about whether or not they’ll spell something right or wrong so then using dictation or having spellcheck which is built-in to everything now can help alleviate some of that anxiety having kids write about things that they’re interested in can still build on the same skills so I really like to use persuasion or informative writing why I don’t want to clean my room you know things like that and so you can work on the skills but build in some sort of interest component because we shouldn’t write just because our teacher or parent told us to most people write because they want to communicate something so again kids have a lot to communicate you

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