The MATL-UPB Chronicles — Writing in classrooms

Language is a communicative social tool that allows interaction among individuals and groups. However, this tool is not a mere gift from mother nature, it need to be systematically developed from childhood and enhanced along the whole life in the family and school through some abilities such as reading and writing. Let us focus in writing.

Writing, according to Lems et al. (2010), is one of the humanity’s greatest inventions and it gives us the possibility to understand each other, as it allows sharing feelings, thoughts or advices. When writing, a lot of new vocabulary go through our minds, this facilitates learning and expands knowledge.

Nonetheless, in education, where writing is used most, some teachers frustrate their students by using this skill as a “punishment tool” without having into consideration that this kills students’ creativity. It is highly recommended using writing as a complement for any lesson but not as a stand-alone activity, otherwise it will not grab students’ attention nor motivate them writing in order to learn or activate prior knowledge schemata.

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