MamaBlogger365 – Fall Back into Learning by Jennifer Flaten

School is in session. At parent night, the 5th grade teachers announced that this year’s writing program would focus on editing and revising.

The whole room chuckled when the teacher commented that kids love to write but hate to edit and revise.

While I laughed along, I have to agree; I love writing, but editing and revising… not so much.

It isn’t that I don’t understand why I need to edit and revise; Lord knows my work needs editing and revising. It is just sometimes it was so hard to just get the words on the paper that the task of editing seems impossible.

If I couldn’t find the words in the first place, how am I going to find better words? Still I sit down and edit (sometimes it takes a real long time).

With the kids, getting the words on the paper isn’t the problem, they have lots to say. The problem is convincing them there is a better or clearer way to say it.

As far as kids are concerned they know exactly what they meant, why don’t you?

You try convincing a kid that a comma is necessary (okay, okay sometimes I need convincing, too) and that readers really do expect the story to have a beginning, middle and end.

Sometimes, they are so excited to tell the story that they miss very important information. This happened to my daughter. She wrote a story about something that occurred on a trip we took. Problem is she failed to explain why the event happened. Without that, the story didn’t make a whole lot of sense.

Had she taken the time to re-read the story she would have seen that (hopefully). As it is, she was disappointed that her teacher didn’t like her story.

Am I looking forward to the upcoming arguments… errr, discussions… about editing we are going to have? Not really, but I think by the time we are done, it will make not only the kids better editors but me, too.

Bio: Jennifer Flaten is a Wisconsin-based writer with three small children who understands the delicate balance between home and work. She knows having a healthy, happy family is a priority, and with that in mind, she has a special interest in health, family and technology. Her works have been published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and at various online journals.

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Photo credit: Old Typewriter by Petr Kratochvil

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