2011-2012 school year: story pitch day

This is an interesting problem I’ve found – many students feel like they have to throw EVERY idea they’ve ever had into their writing. There’s no holding back! I think this mindset absolutely comes from the amount of standardized testing students have to do these days. On the Ohio Graduation Test’s essays, you’re pretty much told “Put EVERYTHING you can think of on there to get as many points as possible.”

Frankly, this sucks. Students are missing out on so much of what’s wonderful about writing when they learn this. It’s part of the reason why teaching the class is so important to me.

One Response to “2011-2012 school year: story pitch day”

  1. I’m sure the standardized testing thing is part of it, but I think it also has to do with it being the first thing they’ve written. I’m taking a comics class that’s full of adults, and the teachers have to constantly remind people that they don’t need to put every idea into their first comic, and that this is just their first comic and not their masterpiece. It sounds like it could be a similar problem, just wanting to pour everything they have into their first article thinking that’s how to make it the best it can be.

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