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Have You Ever Asked Your Kids for Feedback on YOUR Writing?

Both of these pieces were written in my online writer's notebook.  Click on the image above to enlarge if you cannot see the text.
Both of these pieces were written in my online writer's notebook. Click on the image above to enlarge if you cannot see the text.

A few years ago I often began asking my students to tell me what I did well as a writer and what I could work on as a writer when I gave them a piece of my writing to read.  At first, this was hard for them.  Who wants to critique their teacher, right?  Well, over the course of time, the kids got comfortable critiquing me, in the same way that I critique their work.

I realized that I haven’t handed out my writing with the request for a response from my students lately.  Tomorrow six of my students will find notes like the ones pictured here in their classroom mailbox asking for feedback.  Now that we’re nearly at the halfway point of the school year, I’m wondering if they’ll feel comfortable enough telling me what I could’ve done better…

Stacey Shubitz View All

Literacy Consultant. Author. Former 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Teacher.

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  1. A couple of months ago I did a whole weeks worth of revision lessons with my students. It was inspired by George Ella Lyon. Our PTAG (parents association) paid for her to visit our site and she showed us a visual of her writing process and how many times she revised. Her 20 page picture book published was over 100 pages or revisions before she finally published it. It really helped my students “see” that the goal of revision it to make our writing better. This has become a saying in our classroom. I have really tried to make it a priority with them. The week long journey of revising my piece really was good for us all because they saw me take their ideas and use them and add them with maybe an idea of mine or another student’s. I now fit this into any piece I write with them. We first revise mine and then work in writing partners with goals we developed while we revised my piece. It works well with my 5th graders. But, I love the idea of selecting a few…I think I will try that with my next piece.

    Lynnelle

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