Throughout reading each piece for this week, I couldn't help but think about how we as teachers will have time to balance it all in our classrooms. How do we balance high stakes and low stakes writing, how many on demand writing assignments should we assign, what about lengthier research papers or journals? The possibilities for writing assignments are endless, and the list could go on and on, but some students are only ever exposed to one particular genre of writing in their classes. Unfortunately, I think some teachers are under the impression that if they assign writing, it can only be one type of writing, but I think that is far from true. Who is to say that a math teacher can't assign an on demand piece, or that a history teacher can't assign something other than a formal research paper? I think what is best for our students is that they get exposure to as many types of assignments as possible as long as there is a balance, and that teachers make these assignments with a purpose in mind.
This article asks the question of how much is too much when it comes to writing, and ultimately makes this conclusion:
"The bottom line is that, when designing prompts, you must consider your students and what they know and what you expect. You also need to decide how much choice and freedom you want students to have, and how much instruction you will provide. That's when you'll get it just right."
I hope that as a teacher I can not only spark an interest for writing in my classroom, but I also hope that I can "get it just right" when it comes to the balance of assignments in my class. I know that each type of writing, whether it's low stakes, on demand, creative, etc., is important in some way, and will benefit my students. I think if you get the balance just right, your students will also see the importance of these assignments, and in turn motivate and encourage students to become better writers.