Children and Writing

images (7)Today’s children seem to have a very difficult time writing, and it doesn’t matter what type of writing.  NCLB simply did not focus on writing; it did focus on phonemic awareness, phonics vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.  While we’ve had writing standards in the past and were teaching writing, the focus was on reading skills.  Writing, however, is critical to our success as a citizen as well as a nation.  The inability to write has been used in the past to suppress people and develop ignorance, and if these skills can be used to suppress people, than it stands to reason that all people need to be both good readers as well as good writers.

The CCSS put equal importance on reading and writing, and reading and writing are also intimately linked.  Prolific readers also tend to be better writers.  Good writing doesn’t just happen.  Professional writers write, edit, write and edit some more.  They read what they’ve written to ensure clarity and fluidity.  Even when we do get children to write, getting them to revise and edit is like pulling teeth!  Children just do not see the need.

Some thoughts…

  • I believe part of the problem comes from the inability to focus on a task for an extended period of time.
  • Many children today don’t take pride in doing something well. Just doing it is enough.
  • Perseverance is also terribly lacking in our youth.  The mentality of just finishing versus the mentality of actually being finished.  There’s a big difference!
  • Many of today’s youth also don’t believe it really matters.  I cannot tell you the number of times I’ve had students tell me it doesn’t matter – you know what I mean.
  • The “It’s good enough” mentality.  Quality is just not that important.
  • Many youth simply do not want to work hard enough to produce quality work.

The College and Career Readiness Anchor standards address the needs of developing good writers.  They stress the importance of being able to clearly communicate your thoughts and feelings in a wide variety of writing texts.

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About Lucy Salerno

I have been a resident of Fairfield for over 25 years and have 30 years’ teaching experience in California K – 6 schools. I have been a music teacher, band and choral director, elementary teacher in grades K – 6, a district level technology coordinator teaching, and an elementary school administrator. In 2011, my most recent school, Scandia Elementary, on Travis Air Force Base, was awarded the California Distinguished School Award for work and programs implemented under my watch. Because of my broad educational background, I know and understand what is needed in today's difficult educational environment. I have taught writing to children in numerous grades as a core subject as well as integrating writing into other curricula areas. I retired a few years ago from the Travis Unified School District, I love working with children, and am now dedicating my services and skills in support of your children. Through love and patience, I hope to understand a child's needs, meet them where they are, build self-confidence and develop a life-long love of learning.
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