‘Less is more.’
‘Quality over quantity.’
‘Brevity is the soul of wit.’
Such aphorisms may be common parlance, yet I wonder how much heed we take of them in our day-to-day teaching practice. Time, as we know, is precious; learning time is easily frittered away on meaningless trivialities. My question is this: are we using time effectively in our classrooms and, in particular, how well are we helping our students to manage the time they spend writing?
Students who struggle with writing seem to fall into two camps: they either write too little or they write too much. Either they cannot – or, at least, believe that they cannot – imagine the next step on the journey, or they fast-forward to the finishing post ignoring the steps a good writer must take to achieve genuine success. So, how do we encourage our students to write at a pace conducive to…
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