Writing provides a foundation for communication. Through writing, authors are able to share ideas and vivid details that may escape the conventions of casual conversation. Due to the nuisances of language and grammar, I have guided students who carry a fear of writing. For some, this fear of writing is ingrained; others simply find the process tiresome and dull. Therefore, in the next few blog posts, I will provide ideas to guide children into becoming better equipped and more inspired writers.
Create a Space
Creating a space is essential for guiding budding writers. One would not think of going to the hardware store to read a novel or visit the library to practice their drum solo. Creating a space for writing is equally as important. I have had the opportunity to guide several students in the process of strengthening their writing skills. I found providing a means of collecting all their brilliant ideas centering on a specific topic to be an essential first step. Therefore, having 2-3 favored brainstorming tools available for the writer is important. I will explain in further detail in my next post directions for guiding students in the use of both the Circle Map and Bubble Map featured in the picture below.
I also ensure that colorful, developmentally appropriate writing paper is available. I have noticed colored paper excites and motivates students. However, the hue of the paper can influence the writers’ mood. Research suggests that colors including light blue and green create a mood of calm and centeredness. While red and orange create moods of vibrancy and excitement. Check out the University of Georgia article on the impact of sensory details on student learning. http://sdpl.coe.uga.edu/researchabstracts/visual.html
It has been my experience that including in this space a personal word wall is beneficial. This word wall can be centered on a specific topic including “Water Words.” It may include words that the student has struggled to record previously. Grade level sight words may also be featured. Displaying this word wall in a prominent location is essential to facilitate its use. I encourage the creation of the word wall to be a process shared between you and the writer. When children are actively involved in the process of creation, they are more likely to use this tool.
Including within this space the opportunity to fidget is also important. Many students require movement while brainstorming and explaining their writing ideas. Squish balls, balance ball chairs, and visuals can be used to provide opportunity for movement and tranquility within the space.
A carefully planned and well-organized space is ideal for guiding children into becoming inspired writers. When the writing process is looked upon with excitement and passion, students are more likely to write with eagerness. The space provided for children lays the foundation for future writing experiences.
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