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Micro-Writing is Having a Macro Impact on Identity Development

Micro-Writing is Having a Macro Impact on Identity Development - EdSurge News by https://www.edsurge.com/bryan-christopher (EdSurge)
Students in my freshman English class have incredible stories to tell, but they aren't always eager to share them.A quick scan of the room makes it ...
Bryan Christopher in EdSurge.

Building a classroom community in which all students feel valued and respected, and creating a learning space where everyone feels safe openly sharing their stories will take a lot of work. We need low-stakes, shareable writing assignments to break the ice, so I use micro-writing exercises as often as possible.

 

In my classes, micro-writing assignments help students develop and strengthen their identities. In a room full of reluctant writers, I can sense tangible fear of a blank page even after I assure my students that their papers won’t be graded. Many of them believe they can’t write a “good” essay and they are hesitant to even try—but everyone can write one great sentence, and a sentence is where it all starts.

Christopher shares three of his favorite exercises:

  1. Six word compositions
  2. 3-2-1s
  3. Sentence Starters

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