7 Outside of the box ideas for teaching students who don’t like writing

Writing is seen as the topmost skill to master by students. Case in point, most Higher Education institutions require strong writing abilities. It’s no wonder that educators focus on writing from as early as kindergarten. That’s why it can be frustrating to convince reluctant students of the importance of writing, especially when they don’t particularly enjoy it.

At the same time, writing is seen as a “serious” activity, the best way to learn, and skilled writers are considered to be somehow better students than others — an idea deeply rooted in traditional education.

This idea has some merit since writing helps students develop their critical thinking skills and is conducive to better learning. However, teachers might also be tempted to push the same things on all students, regardless of the results, because that is just “how it should be”. After all, many years ago, writing was indeed the easiest way to demonstrate knowledge. Written essays and grades were the most accessible ways to keep a record of a learner’s progress.

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