Saturday, November 23, 2013

5 Reasons Writing Leads To Mastery

Writing is a subskill that underscores each academic subject, as well as learning in general.  The need for writing ability cannot be questioned, nor can it be neglected.  

Here are 5 reasons why writing is needed for mastery learning to occur:

1.  Writing is a tool for evaluation.

  • Pinpoints weaknesses and strengths for teacher and student.
  • Avoids the pressure and negative associations with testing.
  • Identifies interests and preferences.
  • Assists with creating an education plan.

2.  Writing fosters positive outcomes.

  • The simple act of writing regularly improves ability.
  • Establishing a writing habit encourages a productive activity.  
  • It allows you to safely and positively express emotions.
  • Writing provides inspiration.

3.  Writing organizes thoughts.

  • Creates a visual of ideas.
  • Ideas are less likely to be lost.
  • Identifies what is known and unknown.

4.  Writing is a base skill.

  • Writing ability gives you a go-to skill.
  • Use writing to find solutions.

5.  Writing makes it stick.

Writing aids in submitting information to the long-term memory (mastery): 
  • It incorporates multiple senses.
  • Creates mental images.
  • Is a form of revisiting concepts.

More information on mastery:

Class Discussion

What are the areas in your curriculum where writing could be introduced? 

Happy Homeschooling!
Mrs. Redd

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