Welcome to the Heinemann PD Professional Learning Community Series. This month we celebrate the inspiring work that students and teachers do together every day.
“Celebrating children and their writing isn’t just a feel-good activity. It’s crucial for children’s writing achievement.”—Regie Routman
Publicly celebrating children’s writing provides the opportunity for all young writers to learn from each other and share in successes. When children read their own writing to their peers, they get to share their ideas and the teacher gains an opportunity to comment on strengths and nudge the child’s writing further with brief teaching points.
How can we both get and give feedback to ensure our students are getting smarter over time?
In the book How to Give Effective Feedback to Your Students, Susan Brookhart shares that you can evaluate your own feedback to students based on their responses. If students improve and motivation increases, then you can be sure you are on track to create a classroom where feedback, including constructive criticism, is productive.