Thursday, March 10, 2011
Everyone's responses were about "communication" or being known. I particularly liked the response by one writer whose family prefer speaking to writing, yet they still value the communication. Perhaps that is the piece that is hard to "fit" with kids who are at different stages on their journey toward better communication in a large societal sense: students may not take it on faith (or care) that strong communication is a skill worth having. However, it does seem that it is a human quality to want to be known (can I generalize that much?). In that sense, a person will try to achieve that through whichever manner is most comfortable, natural, convenient, or familiar. To the extent that teaching writing can link up with a student's perceived most-valuable-way-of-communicating, then writing can take off. (Geez, that was clunky! Apologies.)
It seems that being known is the way to tap in, and that writing is one means of helping share pieces of yourself, of getting to be known.
...On a tangent: how is it possible to be known when class sizes just increased to 45 in California and 60 in parts of Michigan (just to pick on my husband's and my own home states, as I just read in the paper)?