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I have to admit that Ruth’s post about teaching opinion writing in kindergarten totally rekindled my desire to make a move to primary grades. There is something magical about the work that can be done with our youngest readers and writers.
But the part of her post that really called to me was this quote:
(click the link to see the drawing that accompanies his text)
At first glance, I chuckled to myself, thinking that Elijah sounded a lot like my 8th grade students at this point in the year—they just want to be done. However, upon closer examination, this text is actually fraught with the wisdom of an old soul.
The first sentence shows Elijah understands that writers create. He really gets that writing is an art. Even now, after so many years, I catch myself acting as if writing is a means of proving learning as opposed to a way of developing understanding. Elijah is wise.
However the second sentence demonstrates an even greater wisdom. Elijah understands that writing is a process. He understands that there are steps, including finishing. But most stunning to me is that Elijah understands that the true gratification in writing comes not from the writing itself, but rather the having written. Yes, Elijah is wise—Elijah is a writer.