I have often told my students that I love the sight of them writing, a sight I saw again today.
One hand to steady the page, the other to move the pen. The writers lean forward, their eyes watching their hand. Innocent as children sleeping.
Who they are narrows for a moment (especially in this case, a midterm exam).
Maybe the simplest way to say what I try to achieve with my students is this: to open that range back up again. Use writing to do it.
Either that, or I've been watching too many classic movies