Week of May 15—Writing Lessons My Students Taught Me
Friday, May 20—Gratitude—Castel
Castel was about 69th of the 78 students I shared writing scores with last Friday.
Castel has done great in writing all year, so I was delighted when he scored a six on his state assessment. Of course, since I like drama and suspense, I led him on a bit before I told him his score. Then finally I said, “Castel . . . you made a six!”
He jumped from his chair, fist pumping in the air, in a silent cheer. Then Castel did what no student had done all day long. Castel did something I didn’t expect or even consider.
Castel ran to my chair and wrapped his arms around me.
“Mr. Sanders, thank you for everything you’ve taught me. I did what you said and I’m a writer now!”
Gratitude. When was the last time I expressed my gratitude to the people who have helped me and who are helping me on my writing journey? Have I ever wrapped my arms around them physically or even metaphorically? Have I ever been so pleased with my success that I’ve acknowledge someone else’s contribution?
While this is not as personal as Castel’s approach, let me pause to thank: Betty S., Winnie, Lenore, Gene, Betty T., Betty M., Cos, Linda, Sharon, Joyce, Jamie, Lisa, Lynne, Heather, Madeleine, Cheryl, Dionna, Susan, Maryanne, and Diane M. You’ve all have made a difference in my writing.
It’s Your Turn!
1. Are you feeling like showing some writing gratitude today? Go for it!
NOTE: All names of the children in this week’s posts have been changed to protect the confidentiality of my students.
Aw, shucks, Rob. Even if you meant some other Jamie, I'm totally giving you big hugs and a huge gratitude turn-around.
Oh, and to Our Joyce, too, Our Lady of The Plot Clock!
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