I reviewed all of the answers my focal children gave me to the questions I asked regarding their writing process. I entered it into a spreadsheet. I’m sharing it in this forum for several reasons:
1. I want to make sure I’m fulfilling the mission statement Ruth and I created.
To reflect on our teaching — celebrating when it goes well and working it out when it doesn’t.
Some of my students’ responses upset me (e.g., I write because “Ms. S. tells me to” is just one example of this.). I think sharing all of my students’ responses shows that I’m willing to reflect on where I’m going wrong so that I can fix things like this.
2. Not all of my students love to write. I wish they did, but isn’t that the goal of this little project I’m engaging in? Again, this goes back to be honest with myself and with others.
3. I’m always looking for input and advice with how to get children to want to write more regularly. Therefore, if you have any ideas after you read through a particular student’s responses, I’m open to your comments. 🙂
Literacy Consultant. Author. Former 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Teacher.