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Classroom Close-Ups for Writing

She went on to voice her frustration with the teacher: how the instructions were so vague, how there was a lack of a structure and helpful modeling for the assignment. I include this brief encounter because her point is so valid. When discussing written work, teachers often complain about students’ poor performance: specifically, how often students repeat themselves meaninglessly. But what these teachers fail to realize is that writing should be a learning experience for the student, not just an assessment or a demonstration of knowledge. It should be an exercise in formulating knowledge, getting to understand what they think in the process of expressing it.