23 Jan Slice of Life: As Your Reader… #SOL19 #TWTBlog
It is 8:19 pm on Tuesday. My to-do list is long. The laundry pile is deep. The refrigerator is empty. Friends are arriving in twenty-five minutes.
Just skip this week.
You can’t skip this week.
One week is okay.
No, it is not.
I show up for the community. I show up for the response and to respond. I show up to remember to live a
Slice of Life has taught me the power of being someone’s reader first and foremost. Our initial job as a teacher or partner is not to fix, suggest, or clarify. It is to simply respond. We help partners develop the language of response:
As your reader….
- I noticed that you …
- I thought you were able to…
- I was really moved when…
- You hooked me here…
- I wanted to know more here…
- You nailed it. I wouldn’t change a thing.
Once the writer has time to process the response, the teacher or partner can ask:
- Now that we talked, what will you do next?
Ultimately, that decision is in the hands of the writer. Revision needs to matter. Revision needs to be purposeful. Revision needs to reflect the significance in the mind of the writer. These types of initial responses have really helped me honor, notice, name and celebrate the writing of students. It helps me listen to them, motivate them, and connect with them.
Why do you show up every week? How do you use this to connect with and motivate your students? I would love to hear your perspective.
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