Why Teach mPOWRED Writers?
Students are increasingly reluctant to write
Two weeks into the second semester, during my fifth year of teaching, my second hour sophomores decided they'd had enough.
“Why do we have to write so much? This is stupid!” they declared.
At the time, I didn't understand why they were so upset.
A few weeks later, a group of students opened my eyes. They explained that in their previous English classes, the only writing they did was fill-in-the-blank on reading tests and grammar worksheets.
The fact that I was making them write for five minutes every day–and then choose one of those quickwrites to turn into a longer piece–was mind-boggling to them.
As a former newspaper reporter who has interviewed hundreds of people, I know that everyone has a story. But not everyone has the tools to tell that story. I decided then I had to find a way to help those students reclaim their voices.
And that is how Teach mPOWRED Writers started.