After the session I reflected on how it went (keeping up with my One Little Word!), and it suddenly dawned on me that I had focused on something negative. When I look at running records or pieces of writing I always try to think about what the child CAN do. Yet, in my discussion with these second graders I somehow missed the mark. I was reminded of the importance of the words we use when we question, nudge, and guide students as Peter Johnston reminds us in Choice Words.
So, today when I met with my second graders I asked them what they do WELL as readers. I was surprised that they had a difficult time with this. These young readers have learned and can use a great deal of wonderful skills, yet they had a hard time thinking about themselves as good at anything involving reading. So we started a chart and listed all the wonderful things they already know and can do in reading and writing. We will add to it, and I hope it is something all my groups K-5 can add to. I want my students to understand their accomplishments as well as their needs - to truly understand themselves as readers and writers.
I love when my students teach me a lesson!!