Talking to the darkness

Creative OR original writing

I am half way through the reading on, ‘Baddies in the classroom’ and I want to scream. Where does all this creativity go, what happens to all these children that want to write and explore their imagination. Out of the 55 students that I see regularly each week, and make write, I can say I only have one who is able to write creatively and she has never been educated in school. What do we do in our education system. About 70% of the students can produce a piece of writing but it will be based on the ‘cut and paste’ principle of learning. This is; I did not just cut and paste I changed it into my own words; whilst using exactly the same sentence structure. Ask them to write a description of a picture or photograph and they are lost. It seems like a forgotten form of writing that these learners have lost. I must say it is getting better, six weeks in and one students gave a wonderful description of a photograph including what he imagined was there but you could not see. How are these people going to be creative individuals if you have taught them not to be creative? All that need to write stories at 8 and 9 has been destroyed. Its shameful.

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One response

  1. Rebekah

    Yes, teaching 8 and 9 year olds was fabulous because they found it such a treat to have what they called ‘free writing’. I think they called it ‘free’, because they were fairly fluent writers on some level at this point, so they were free from the frustration of not being able to express themselves in that form. And they treated it like ‘free play’ time – only 3 years ago they would have had hours of free play time during school every day. For them, this seemed like a space where they could play.

    November 3, 2009 at 4:12 pm

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