Category Archive: compliment

The Power of Language Revisited

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When it comes to the teaching of writing in a writing workshop, language is everything.  It is through the words we teachers choose that writers are created, built up, encouraged, and inspired.

On the Pitfalls of Hiding Out

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Sometimes in a busy and chaotic schedule, we inadvertently miss attending to some of our students who like to “fly under the radar.” Being systematic and intentionally positive can make a big difference for some of our writers.

Don’t Forget the Compliment

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Lanny Ball reminds us that compliments are a bit like gifts we give our students each day.

A Compliment Conference

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In my day-to-day teaching I often get swept up in trying to load students up with next step after next step… after next step. Sometimes, what might benefit some students most, however, is clear… Continue reading

Remember to Compliment

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Take the time to compliment every child in every kind of conference you do.

Mr. Stowlkey and Mr. Smith

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Mr. Stowlkey and Mr. Smith were the teachers in one of the kindergarten writing workshops I was in today. They are incredible teachers. They are both six. (Normally I don’t refer to students… Continue reading

Are we having fun yet?

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Slicing is supposed to be fun. Sure it’s a challenge. Not just the challenge of writing every single day for a month, but also the challenge of the technology. Unique URL? Commenting? Where… Continue reading

Compliments Versus Feedback

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Something Stacey has made me think more deeply about is complimenting student writers. (Much of my learning & prodding to think about this topic has been through reading her drafts for the book.)… Continue reading

Feedback in Writing Circle

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During today’s Writing Circle Luncheon, I had two of my students share a piece of writing they did this week that they were pleased with and on which they wanted feedback.  I wanted… Continue reading

Thank You for the Thank You Note

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I’ve hesitated writing this post for a few days.  For one thing, I didn’t want this post to seem like I was tooting my own horn.  Second, I didn’t want my classroom to… Continue reading