encouraging writing?

Today's journal prompt:
What do you like about writing? What don't you like about writing? What are your strengths and weaknesses in writing?

Honest student response:
I don't enjoy writing at all. I don't like it because I'm not good at it. When I am asked to write about something, I usually could sum it up in a couple of sentences but teachers as me to write a lot. When I am trying to fill sentences it feels like a waste of time. I have to repeat stuff but just in different words to meet the length requirement. Sorry this was so negative.

Fellow educators - - how do we turn this train around?


  1. The timeless question. Why doesn't he/she think he/she is good at writing? What has been her previous experience with it? It's not about the grade, it's about the knowledge. Is this student capable of expressing his/her own thought succinctly?

    Or is it a question of the negative nancys?

    Such a difficult question to answer. The problem is, writing is so integral to everyday life...how do you make students realize this?

  2. I'm not an educator, but what struck me about his/her response was the complete honesty of it! I would certainly praise the student for expressing his/her feelings so openly. It seems like an honest request to better understand why writing is important, so maybe finding a way to prove that writing well is not only necessary, but enjoyable, is the response. How you do that I have no idea. :)

  3. Have her "text" in her assignment... it will be endless.