Topic | Tired.of Narrations

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  • Veveme
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    My 16 year old daughter has been doing narrations for years. She is a good writer, with a clever voice and historically has loved writing.

    This particular year I have noticed the quality of her narrations has not improved as it has each year in the past. If anything, the quality has regressed and it seems like she just doesn’t care at all. She jots down the bare minimum and just seems burnt out on it.

    Today I talked with her about what I am noticing and asked her what she thinks is going on. She said she didn’t really know, except that she is really, really tired of narrating and tired of writing everything down. Her hand get physically tired, she says.

    I guess I’m looking for some ideas that have worked for others who have had high schoolers in similar situations. She orally narrates some subjects and doing a written narration on other subjects 3-4 times a week, which I do not think is asking too much.

    Tamara Bell
    Moderator

    Hi Viveme,

    It looks like she is doing just the right amount of narrations.  Are you allowing her to type narrations as well as varying the type of narrations?  This can speed up the process for her.

    Tristan
    Participant

    I was going to suggest the same thing – typing. It has encouraged my more reluctant written narrators to share more, because it is faster and easier.

    Veveme
    Participant

    Thank you for this. I think I will try to get her to do this more often. Do you also allow typing on a tablet type device?

    Tamara Bell
    Moderator

    I only allow them to type on the devices that have a physical keyboard (desk top or laptop).

    ErinD
    Participant

    Aside from getting her typing, would she be interested in writing a more creative type of narration? Like a letter from one character to another, or a journal entry or newspaper article about what she read? Doing something like that once in a while might keep things interesting.

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