Yesterday my poem about #Harry got 11 comments! Each time I saw a comment pop up, I was rejuvenated with genuine excitement that someone took a pause out of their busy day to read and respond. Read and respond to me…wow! It gave me an opportunity to reflect on some wise words from one of my professional mentors, Regie Routman.
Recently at a local conference, I was privileged to take part in a small group conversation with Regie. We discussed what was currently on our minds in the world of literacy and we got on the topic of kids who just don’t like to write. Regie challenged us to make sure that ALL kids have a sense of who they are writing for–an audience. Not just “you are writing this for me or for your peers” but a real authentic audience. When kids know who they are writing for they have a sense of purpose and that motivates them to write, write and write some more.
Would our writers be more motivated and excited if they got comments and reactions to their writing? Could we make that a non-negotiable in our writing workshops? Shouldn’t they feel the love and excitement of receiving comments as often as possible? What would that look like? Don’t we owe that to them?
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Comments are welcome.