Will Write for Comments
I remember my first post in last year's Slice of Life Writing challenge well. Terrified, I clicked "post" and waited. Would anyone comment? Would anyone even read it?
And comments came. They meant so much to me. Validation, if you will, of what I was doing. Each day, each comment gave me courage to write and share the next day.
And I learned the power of positive words.
Sometimes, I forget that when I'm reading student pieces. I try to get them back quickly. I get so busy trying to "assign" a responsible, accurate grade for what the student has written, that I forget each of us have included a piece of our soul in our writing. And that needs validation.
So I am trying to slow down. Trying to give thoughtful, connecting responses to each and every piece as I read it. I am trying to remember to highlight those little thoughts and phrases that I really like.
And a smiley face just won't do the job.