Friday, May 20, 2011


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.

1 comment:

Jamie said...

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!