According to a recent study by the National Survey of Student Engagement, when students are engaged in a variety of writing assignments, they are more likely to synthesize, analyze, and perform a variety of other higher level thinking. While the study focused on college undergraduates, I can’t help but think that this must be true for younger students, too. I see the results of increased writing in my own classes. My students are more engaged, more knowledgeable, and more passionate when they write.
So keep writing!