Is There Something Wrong With How We Teach Children To Write?


A great article from piclinegirl on the topic of teaching children to write.

The Girl On The Piccadilly Line

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The idea for this post came to me at 10:35am whilst I was boarding a train at Amsterdam Centraal. We were heading to Cologne to check out the Christmas markets. I spent the entire two-hour journey scribbling down the idea on a piece of paper my husband had been using as a bookmark. (I normally carry a notebook but on this occasion, had left it at home to make more room for Cologne Christmas purchases.) My notes were messy and incoherent as I rushed to get everything down:

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The next day I sat at my desk and transferred my notes into a first draft. It was still incoherent: just a list of points I wanted to make that needed to be fleshed out into full sentences. During the drafting stageI am always comforted by Hemingway’s claim that,“the first draft of everything is shit.” I used tohave this quote written…

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