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…
I am a literacy consultant who has spent the past dozen years working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grades K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.
I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).