Linda Aragoni says on her highly informative website (http://www.you-can-teach-writing.com/) that, “There is no easy, fast, fun way… to teach writing.”
While I am inclined to agree with her, I believe it is possible to develop techniques that simultaneously incorporate at least two of those three qualifications. And why not make it our goal as teachers to figure out a way to hit all three at once? Language arts teachers have more and more expected of them, so together let’s find easier, faster, more interesting ways to teach writing.
Over the next few months, this blog will document my theories and experiments with teaching writing in easy, fast, fun ways. I hope you will stick around and offer your feedback.
My teaching experiences have forced me to form easily accessible writing techniques:
1. I taught for a major test preparatory company for years, so I’ve been trained in fast and easy ways to teach essay writing for standardized tests proven by research. One good thing about huge corporations is that they afford to research and develop strategies that a lone teacher could not.
2. After Kaplan, I taught English in Japan for a private company for 3 years, so I have learned easy and fun ways to teach writing to exhausted, overworked business men. They could barely walk straight they were so tired, let alone complete a laborious essay assignment.
3. I am currently teaching language arts in urban East Newark, New Jersey. My students are mostly immigrants from Peru, and some of them never went to school before my class. Thus, I have been FORCED to figure out a way to make it as easy, fast, and fun as possible. I am succeeding more and more every year.
So, do you think I’m fooling myself? Or have you too made writing fun, fast, and/or easy? If so, how and where did you learn how to do it?
I look forward to reading your thoughts and Linda’s future posts on the matter and comparing our techniques. Hopefully, we will find a way to make teaching writing “easy, fast, and fun.”
Copyright © 2010 David Mach