I find the best writing my students produce is usually on their own time. Every weekend they come back to class with a journal full of their thoughts, and one of my favorite activities is to read about what they have to say. You might be thinking, “Really Melody, you teach eight-year-olds, is what they have to say really that interesting?” Well, the answer is YES!
Recently one of my student’s went skiing, and she wrote a journal entry about it. There was one line that really stood out to me:
“I want to experience the speed again.”
Come on now! Can’t you just picture her at the top of the hill, coming down, cold wind whipping her hair all around… a smile on her frozen face? All of that with one simple line: “I want to experience the speed again.”
Me too girl, me too.
Writing can change people… you know? So, write stuff down!