(click on the above graphic to see previous Saturday Sayings)
Lori from Conversations in Literacy
Julie from Lighting a Fire in Third Grade
Sandi from Literacy Minute
Now for my thoughts. Actually, let me rephrase that. Now for Donald Graves' thoughts, which are significantly better than mine.
I love that quote. It's brimming with absolute honesty and truth. I appreciate that he's aware of how inconsistent writing affects not only the student but also the teacher. He's right, isn't he? Our students need to believe they can write as much as we teachers need to believe we can teach. What's the answer then? I'll leave you with a thought from Donald quoted in Writing Essentials.
"If we don't teach writing at least four days a week for at least forty-five minutes, we shouldn't bother to teach it at all" (qtd. in Routman 175).
Wow, he doesn't pull any punches does he? How can we find time each day to ensure that our kids believe they can write and we believe we can teach? We all deserve just that. Thanks Donald for pressing us.
On that note, I'm off to read some other Saturday Sayings. Would you like to join me?