I started writing this blog post on September 30, and then (obviously) forgot about it. I know that I wanted to talk about how I have been doing freewriting with my students. One of the expectations in the common core is that students will be able to write for extended periods of time. Because my students have learning disabilities and also because they don’t have a lot of stamina, we practice writing what comes to mind for a certain amount of time. I use either a picture prompt or a text prompt, and they must write for the whole time and they must not talk (so they can focus on writing). We started out by going for two minutes; and now we are up to four minutes. We do this twice a week. The pictures I’ve included here are examples of what the students can do, but I’ve noticed that their handwriting is improving; they also talk about how their hands “cramp” up, so I know they are really working those writing muscles.