Ode to the reluctant writer

Ode to the Reluctant Writer

I can’t write today because I lost my pencil.
I can’t write today because I feel sick.
I can’t write today because my parakeet died.
I can’t write today because I wrote yesterday.
I can’t write today because my fingers are sore.
I can’t write today because my chair squeaks.
I can’t write today because I can’t think of anything to say.
I can’t write today because I don’t feel like it.
I can’t write today because it’s almost time for lunch.
I can’t write today because I’d rather draw.
I can’t write today because I didn’t have any breakfast.
I can’t write today because I ripped my paper.
I can’t write today because my hands are dirty.
I can’t write today because I can’t spell.
I can’t write today because I can’t see the board.
I can’t write today because it’s too noisy.
I can’t write today because I hate writing.
I can’t write today because somebody will copy me.
I can’t write today because I couldn’t get my locker open.
I can’t write today because I have to go the bathroom.
I can’t write today because the sun is in my eyes.
I can’t write today because there’s no more room on my paper.

Robin Staudt

Do You Have a Reluctant Writer?

As you begin to think ahead toward the start of the new school year, why not take a few minutes to gather some encouragement and helpful tips so that you and your child can set out on a better foot come September. Try some of these articles for starters:

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3 comments ↓

#1 JoJo Tabares on 07.19.10 at 8:16 am

That’s cute!

#2 Cleide Nacimento on 08.08.10 at 8:57 am

“I can´t think of anything to write about”, “I can´t write because I lost my pencil” and “I can´t write because I feel sick” are the three most common excuses my students use not to write in class. It´s hard sometimes, but I keep trying involving them as much as possible. I won´t quit.

#3 Kim on 08.08.10 at 10:54 am

It can be challenging to find just the right motivator for those reluctant writers of ours. I’m glad you’re a teacher who’s so committed to your students.

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