Z’s Writing Frustration

I was surprised when Z was not frustrated because he had to write a poem, but because he didn’t have the freedom to write the poem he wanted to write in a form of his choosing.

He had to follow a template he found stifling.

I sing the praises of templates all of the time; they are great for reluctant writers, but they can and should be removed for some students.

I spend so much time thinking about how to get writers started, how to boost their confidence, how to encourage them to trust themselves to write, that I forget about writers who do not need that message.