Which is more important-quality versus quantity?
Well, the answer is both. Quality certainly matters, and that’s why we explicitly teach writing skills and strategies, however quantity is important too.
Lucy Calkins writes, “Success in writing, like success in reading or tennis or swimming, directly relates to the amount of writing and rewriting a person does. This means that day after day, children need to write. They need to write for long stretches of time—for something like thirty or forty minutes of each day’s writing workshop. And it means that volume, stamina and self-sufficiency matter.”
And School learning walks matter too! Learning walks help to create learning communities. Together we look at common learning expectations to create school wide visions and goals. Learning walks help us see outside of our classroom, and outside of our teams to look at the bigger journey of where our students have come from, and where they are going.
During one of our early faculty meetings, we did our first learning walk of the year, looking at volume and stamina in writing spiraling through the grades. We saw some great celebrations and were left with some interesting wonderings.
As a faculty we walked through the building looking at a slice of writing samples taken from one day. We were looking to see what we do well as a school, and what our next steps were, specifically in the area of Volume and Stamina.