I am participating in the Slice of Life Story Challenge, writing each day for the month of March. Today is day 15. (Sponsored by Two Writing Teachers)
I'm a first time slicer. I signed on to the challenge this year hoping to grow as a writing teacher and coach. On March 1, I read with care the essential information about posting and then continued to read the details about commenting on three other posts per day. I was so focused on how to make time to write comments for other slicers that I never really gave much thought to the fact that other people would be commenting on my posts. Nor did I ever think that these little comments would bear much weight.
So on day 15, I am reflecting on the power of comments. Each day after posting I look forward to reading the comments that are left for me. When I get notification that a new comment has been left, I want to read it right away. The comments I have received encourage me to continue writing, especially when I judge a particular piece to be unworthy of publishing, or when I judge that I might have been too vulnerable. Each time I have been hesitant to push the publish button, I have been rewarded with uplifting words. The slicing community has been incredibly supportive and this has left me with a new appreciation for the power of a writing community
As I bring these thoughts into my teaching and coaching, I wonder how I can guide the kindergarten and first grade children in my school to experience some of the positive feedback and encouragement to write each day like I have received? I believe the answer is in the form of strong partnerships, building a writing community in the classroom and scaffolding the students to the understanding that their comments are powerful and helpful. Maybe it is message to teachers reminding them of the importance of partner time, and the teaching of skills to be strong partners should not be overlooked or undervalued.
Comments have made such a difference for me and my writing, leaving me committed to spread the message so that my students can be lifted up in their writing communities much like I have been from this community.Thank you!