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…