There are some things in life that we learn better when we teach it to others.
Now that our homeschooling has started for this school year, I also, on the other hand began to teach writing to my sisters’ and their fellow home-schoolers as one of their subjects once again. I believe that my love for writing has brought me to this place. However, being the imperfect person that I am, I admit that I sometimes make mistakes. Grammar and word-construction wise. What’s best about this experience though, is that I get to learn from those that I am teaching. As I look at patterns on their writing such as in essays and stories, I am amazed that they’re not the only ones learning to improve in their writing — I do as well. From reading and re-writing historical biographies, Folklores, or random essays written down by different personalities, teaching writing has taught me to explore different ways to write and improve in this creative field that I chose. Not only that. Teaching also helped me know more about the history of people I never even knew existed. As I read and check “my students’” works, I realized that each of us have a unique pattern or voice in our writings. No matter what the age, writing truly reflects our minds. And for that, I want to share some of the few things I learned in writing while teaching it.
1. Writing doesn’t necessarily have to be fancy
Having read tons of different blogs about a jumble of things, this fact is already too noticeable not to mention. I’ve read some works which included a lot of jargon words that might not impress the reader as they would’ve expected. Using deep words in a piece is definitely okay but sometimes, when the words doesn’t seem a bit familiar to the reader, it can totally be a turn-off — and that is what I’m trying to work-on. I am totally used to using a much formal theme when writing unlike the others who are simpler, yet better. So my goal is…to make my words understandable yet competent enough.
2. Copying others' work is not a bad idea
As a blogger, I have read on different tips and advises on how to make my writing unique in my own way. The steps always included the word “pattern”. When I say copy, it certainly does not mean plagiarism. Not only would it be disrespectful, but rather, an act of harassment when you claim others’ work as your own. Basing this on the subject that I teach I can prove it to be true. When my students outline their work, they get it from an official text and from that, create their own, using their own words. This is true for the bloggers. We don’t have to COPY others, but get ideas from them. It’s like getting a mixture of everything until you find your own flavor.
3. Reading helps a lot!
Right now, I’ve been busy reading two psychology books (just because I wanted to explore how cognition and intuitive thinking works), a lot of poetry, academic books and classic novels. Not only that, I’ve got this app on my phone called “Medium” which is a great resource for writers and readers alike. I’ve mentioned this because I want to tell you that READING is important. Reading captions on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram aren’t enough. Reading e-mails aren’t helpful either. If you want to get better at writing, start with reading. One book per month, why not? Also, if you aren’t that much of a bookish type, then you could start out by reading simple articles. Why does the brain work like this, why does the cow say moo, there are billions of informative articles that you can find online. If you love writing, you definitely have to love reading. This is one of the lesson I constantly learn when I teach: Writing doesn’t just happen in a blink of an eye; it takes a lot of reading, research, brainstorming and re-editing over and over again. Trust me!
4. Choose the criticisms you respond to
Lastly, here’s what I learned: Not all criticisms are constructive — even when it sounds constructive. Practicing will help you delve in deeper to your writer-self. Until then, you will begin to know what is wrong from right, even when no one tells you about it. Sometimes, when I correct some mistakes in my students’ writing, they don’t always follow right away, simply because I make mistakes too. In that way, it just means that they have learned to master things over time making them masters of their own works. In blogging, I get to hear criticisms from left to right especially when I am passing a piece to an editor of an e-zine or something alike. First thing I do is figure out how and where things went wrong; when the editor has a point, I re-edit my work. But if I’m confident enough with my work, I e-mail them straight away telling them that they have called out a non-existing mistake.
I can honestly say that teaching others to write has helped me become a better writer myself.
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Given the idea of the perfect life, the world spontaneously sheds light on how we should live our lives. It is often held in a perspective that is quite far from what the Bible holds as upright. As I'm in the last month of holding on to the word "teen" whenever I mention my age, I can only look back and thank God for being pretty hands-on in what I considered the most critical stage of my life.
The photo above was taken during the celebration of Eid Al Adha, somewhere in JBR. Boy, it was cool seeing the skies lit up with different colors. I know, sorry Ozone Layer. I just got home after a long day teaching super basic piano lessons to one of my favorite kiddos in planet Earth <3
Anyway, here's what's happening currently. . .
Emma by Jane Austen — I'm going back to reading Classics after the summer break and I'm loving the story so far. Talk about Match-making.
or editing rather, some poems I have made in the past. Also, I've been working on a very special interview with a Christian band that consists of super talented young people. Hopefully, it will be published at the end of this week. Watch out for it!
to nothing so far . . . Any new music to recommend?
about all the books I have to read, the song I wanted to finish playing in the guitar using tabs, and the courses I still have to finish.
Also, about what's happening in the Philippines. Duterte, Delima, Matobato?
that I had a bigger house with less troublesome neighbors and a nice place where I can invite friends.
that life will get easier as the days go by. At least 10 per cent easier :)
A grey t-shirt and black jersey shorts — my favorite combination!
the upcoming interview that I'm sure you'll love!
that this allergy which has been irking me for these past few days will just be totally gone!
a stress -reliever; preferably some chocolates haha!
relieved, happy, sad, anxious, hyper... crazy maybe?
Finally, that's all for today! See you next Sunday Currently.
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I would say that 2016 is the year where I got involved mostly with kids. Whether it be at kids' church, different summer-camps or our homeschooling group, I had the chance to hang out with people a lot younger than me who all taught me different things that includes patience, perseverance, gentleness and a whole lot more. What I would consider as the highlight of my year though is the recent summer camp I've been a part of – KidsGames. A lot of you may know what it is and some of you may be totally blank. If you want to know more about KidsGames, do read my previous post about it last year here.
I know this post is a bit out-dated and really late but to tell you the truth, I have been working on this for a few weeks now but never really got to edit and successfully publish it. Thankfully, it's here now and here's what you have to know and figure out in a volunteer's perspective.
Love is the reason we see smiles, golden voices, harmonious dances
To the thumping music, taking life's one chance.
Love is the reason we joyfully wake up
No matter what life hopelessly throws at us.
Love is the reason we breathtakingly hold on and
Desperately try to be strong.
Love is the reason we break wars, lovingly feed the hungry;
cease the fire.
Love is the reason we sometimes give up,
Our minds fixed and arbitrary decisions made.
Love is the reason some sadly let go
Of dreams that were once so vivid and utterly strong.
And love is the reason some choose to put a stop
To find that peace they know is long far gone.
I live an ordinary life; striving and making it work in the giant sandpit aka Dubai. My life isn't perfect (I wish it was!) But I guess there's something about the imperfection in my journey that makes it worth the write and share. I believe that we don't have to have everything figured out because if we do, a lifetime won't be enough.
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