"Writing is an important vehicle for communication
because it distinguishes us and promotes individuality."
"Writing is also an important learning tool for children. Writing helps kids
become better readers, boosts their confidence and sparks their creativity."
These two statements are from the Bic's - Fight for Your Write site. And I agree wholeheartedly. After all, when I first think of even just the 'act' of handwriting, I immediately think of my students. I can tell whose paper is whose simply by looking at their unique handwriting. Even in the digital world, we are SURROUNDED by handwriting aka fonts. No longer does Times New Roman fit all the needs of a person. Instead, people like Kimberly Geswein (an amazing font creator) can take someone's unique handwriting and create it into a font used by millions.
If we move past just the act of handwriting, we then enter into the world of what we can do with the power of writing. It brings me back to an activity that I did with my class. There was a school district in another part of the country that decided that their high school students were "too busy" to recite the Pledge of Allegiance anymore. They just don't have time in their jam packed day. I showed my students the video of veterans who went to the school board meeting to plead with them to put it back into the school day. My students were very touched by the video and asked what could they do to help? I put the question back on them... After some brainstorming, it was decided that they would write the school board letters imploring them to put the Pledge of Allegiance back into the high school schedule. I was so proud of them! They offered suggestions on how they could make this work and asked the school board to think of the veterans. One student was concerned that their letters wouldn't be read, but another one said it didn't matter. His comment was "Just knowing we took the time to write on how we feel about this is good enough for me." :-) Yep....proud teacher moment.
This year I'm going to encourage my kids to use the power of their writing again. We will find causes that are near and dear to them. Take time to write letters of appreciate to people and companies. Rediscover the lost art of sending a thank you letter. The options are limitless.
And of course, I will do this using my Bic supplies!! hahaha Their colorful selection of tools is exactly what will help begin the motivation to accomplish our writing goals. I know from my experience with students that if I give them the opportunity to write in color, their desire increases dramatically. Worried about mistakes with using tools other than pencil? Fear not, Bic has white out tape that is easy and mess free to use. They sent me a variety of tools to use but here are my top three favorites.
1. The Magic Markers: These are great for using on your whiteboard. My favorite part? When I erased it didn't leave a residue of color.
2. Wite-Out: I LOVE white-out tape. So much easier to use then traditional liquid white-out. And I'm not afraid to hand it over to my students to use. Plus it doesn't bunch up like other brands I've used.
3. The multi-color ink pens. I LOVED THESE PENS AS A KID! And they are still awesome. They are going to be perfect for our editing sessions. With all four colors at hand, the students will be able to quickly click from one color to the next to mark up punctuation, capitalization, spelling and grammar.
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