Some of my students are scared to approach new or open writing topics. They want to be guided through every single step. I’m trying to encourage more independent behaviour, but when they’re young, it’s a slow going process.

While helping them, I sometimes run into amusing situations.

One of my students didn’t know what to write about for the creative assignment. He didn’t like any of the prompts, and refused to work on his own.

So I tried to help him by asking questions.

Me: What do you like to do?
Student: Baseball
Me: So why don’t you write about your best baseball game?
Student: But I don’t know anything about baseball!
Me: Well, what is something you know a lot about?
Student: …. Baseball

It was really hard not to laugh. And I definitely saw one of the other students smother a laugh.

Well, in the end he wrote about baseball.