Get Your Brain in Gear!
Free writing is an exercise that puts pencil to paper (or fingers to keyboard) continuously for a set period of time without regard to spelling, grammar, or topic. It's a little like the "sustained silent reading" period that most teachers offer sometime during a school day.
Keep a Journal
The exercise is not an easy one, and will require some adjustment time, especially for students who are used to having the teacher always assign a topic. In this regard, it might be considered the "antithesis" of a daily prompt. The truth is, both exercises have their place in an effective classroom. Journal writing may add meaning to the exercise, as long as you are recording thoughts and ideas... not just a list of daily events.
Develop the Habit... Have Fun!
The ability to express one's thoughts in an easy and fluid manner only comes with practice... over time. Just like any other, this skill is one that requires consistent and meaningful "time on task". Rather than just hand students a piece of paper, it might be helpful for teachers to explain the purpose and benefits of free writing. The more students practice, the easier it becomes. At some point, they will actually enjoy the experience.
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...full of tips and suggestions on making it all work!
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Freewriting: Getting Started
Fuel for the imagination... a window to your world!
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