I was especially surprised how few classrooms include a collaborative writing section. With the plethora of free technology tools at their disposal, why not? We need to encourage students to write more, allowing them to express their thoughts and feelings. As the authors of this article state:
Writing educators must find ways to teach writing every day for longer time periods, and they must focus on the writer and the writer’s words and ideas instead of only teaching and assessing form and correctness. Empowering our students as writers transforms writing instruction and reinvigorates the educational community as a whole—and in the end, the students themselves are transformed into better writers (Lacina & Block, 2012, p. 16).