Tuesday and Wednesday I was in a 4th grade classroom for my teaching methods classes. During the 45-minute free write, I sat down with a kid who hates to free write.

His excuses range from “I never know what to write about.” To “That’s embarrassing to talk about stuff I like.” And “I don’t know how to make up stories.”

I did a brainstorming exercise and an outline and managed to pull a half page from him in 15 minutes:

It was a great feeling.