Guide: 5 Reasons Your Students HATE Writing and What You Can Do About It
Do you wonder why some students hate writing?
Check out my “About Me” page and you’ll see that I used to be that student.
Now, however, I love writing. In fact it is one of my favorite things to do.
What caused the change?
There was no single event that happened that caused the change all at once. Instead, it was a series of events that lead to the change over time.
But by the time I was a senior in high school, I was writing for the school newspaper. I was even writing for fun in my spare time. WHAT?
Applying it to Teaching
A few years ago, I started specializing in writing as a 6th grade teacher. During that first year as the writing specialist, I encountered my first set of students who openly proclaimed they hated writing. Teaching lower elementary, I’ve heard lots of students say they “disliked” writing, but 6th graders are different. Some of them don’t just “dislike” writing, they flat out hated it.
At first, I went into survival mode: the “put your head down and teach the curriculum as is” mode.
But just half way through that year, I noticed something as my students and I became more and more frustrated: my students kind of reminded me of…well…me, me when I was their age and hating writing. They sounded like me. Acted like me. Even looked like me. They were me.
Then I got to thinking…if they were me, then they could change just like I did. All I had to do was figure out what made me change.
Since then, I have nailed down the things that, for me at least, were the key problems. As I have addressed these problems with my students over the years, I have noticed drastic changes in my students’ attitudes toward writing.
Some go from hating to liking writing within minutes.
I love those moments…when I overhear students tell their friends, “I like writing now,” when students go “awww” when I say that writing period is nearly over. My hope is to help you have moments like those too.
Here are 5 things that cause students to hate writing.
Take a look at the links.
Try them out.
Let me know how it went.
(For additional tips, please check out “Why Students Hate Writing (and How to Change their Minds!)” from The Graide Network. They offer great suggestions for things you can do to prepare yourself and your students for writing)