Practice, Practice, Practice

practiceLearning to write is like anything else; the more you practice the better you get.  I was or am a musician.  In the early years of my training, I practiced the organ so much I drove my parents crazy – not literally, of course!  But so much so that one year for Christmas they bought me headphones.  I was never sure if it was a gift for me or for them and the rest of my family.  At any rate, I could then practice to my heart’s content.

An athlete practices his sport until he can run drills through his mind until his body can execute them flawlessly.  A swimmer swims and a runner runs.  In order to get good at something you need to do it  – whatever the “it” may be.  Here are a few examples to get you thinking:

  • knitting
  • ballet
  • dance
  • music
  • sports
  • skying
  • baseball
  • singing
  • writing

They all have at least one thing in common; they all involve practice!  Writing is no different!


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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