“Writing tasks were monsters who often invaded my nightmares. English is not our mother tongue, so, despite their best intentions, my parents could not help me directly. It was in Year 7 that I decided to confront these monsters and defeat them.” (Habiba, Year 8, ESL).
“Miss, please do not ask us to write,” a chorus lobbied, as I stepped into the classroom and settled the pile of checked note books on the teacher’s desk. These were the voices of Year 7A, definitely the best group of students I have met in the 5 years of my teaching career.