Each year, I ask my advanced juniors to write a short essay entitled “My Writing Experience”, the thesis of which is for them to list evidence that supports their current perspective of writing. They tend to identify moments of encouragement and transition that have led them to feel confident.
Often, however, something else is revealed. This year, it happened in the FIRST paper I read.
Inshort, this student clearly remembered a teacher who assigned sentence writing as a PUNISHMENT. Regardless of the crime, how can anyone still think that this type of punishment will not adversely affect a student’s attitude toward writing? I have the occassional discipline problem in my HS English classes. However, I do not make them memorize the period chart of elements because they’ve been bad. I do not demean them by sending them to the board to explain the Pythagorean Theorem. That seem a tad nonsensical.
So STOP! Find another way todiscipline them! Sentence writing or copying a dictionary page is RIDICULOUS!!