The Slow Writer in my class...

Today, I'll tell you the story of Mike if you would grab a seat and read through the next few lines with me.

Mike is a slow writer, yet he outshines us in examinations. What's his secret?

Writing is the use of written words to express opinions or
ideas. Writings can therefore be done quickly or slowly.

Dr. Marc Seifer, a graphologist and handwriting expert who wrote The
Definitive Book of Handwriting Analysis in 2008, shared some of the
top ways writing by hand can help our brains beyond just dotting our
i's and crossing our t's.

Writing a calming sentence is a form of graphotherapy, Seifer says.
Jotting down a sentence like, "I will be more peaceful" at least 20
times per day can actually have an impact, especially on those with
attention deficit disorder." This actually calms the person down and
retrains the brain," Seifer says.

In his preface to Daybreak (1887), German philosopher and philologist,
Friedrich Nietzsche recommended the practice of slow reading: It is
not for nothing that I have been a philologist, that is, a teacher of
slow reading; in the end I also write slowly. Nowadays it is not only
my habit, it is also to my taste -a malicious taste, perhaps? -no longer to write anything which does not reduce to despair every sort of man who is "in a hurry." For philology is that venerable art which demands of its votaries one thing above all: to go aside, to take time, to become still, to become slow...

For precisely this reason it is more necessary than ever today... in
the midst of an age of "work," that is to say, of hurry, of indecent
and perspiring haste, which wants to "get everything done" at once,
including every old or new book: this art does not so easily get
anything done, it teaches to read well, that is to say, to read
slowly, deeply, looking cautiously before and aft, with reservations,
with doors left open, with delicate eyes and fingers. (Daybreak:
Thoughts on the Prejudices of Morality, translated by R.J. Hollingdale. Cambridge University Press, 1997)


The testimonials from practitioners suggest that Slow Writing allows
learners to not only think about what they're writing, but also how
they are writing – slowing down the writing process to ensure high
quality.


So, Now I know his secret.

1 comment:

  1. Woah!! Does that mean I should start writing slow???


    Hmmm.. I am a very speedy writer and still outshine others in examinations!


    I think both are good, depending on one's capability!

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