Thursday, March 15, 2018


Day 15 of 31 at TWT!
"Mrs. M, I loved your post about your daughter with the stickers!"

"Oh yeah, I read that one too! She's so cute!" D. chimes in. "I remember she was so sweet at the Global Cafe!"

"Yeah, we're pretty much covered in stickers by dinnertime most evenings!" I giggle. I love that my kids are really reading my posts this year! 

I talk about my writing with my students all the time, I write in front of them, and I sometimes use my posts as mentor texts in class, but I've never had this many students independently visit my blog, even though I've linked here on our class blog during past March Challenges as well. This year, as I weave through the room during the time I give my students to leave comments, I've been frequently spying the familiar sunset background of my blog up on at least one or two screens.

Maybe it's that commenting has finally taken hold this year the way I've always wanted it to. Maybe it's that our new squad group format (which I seriously promise, again, to write more about soon!) and refined goal work have intensely strengthened the feeling that we are all learners working together to live our class motto of "being our best selves".

(Last week, after sharing how I hadn't met my weekly reading goal, one of my students remarked, "Wait, teachers have learning goals too?"As I started to wonder where he'd been all the other days and weeks I've modeled talking about my goals, another student jumped in: "Mrs. M always works on what we're working on!" Looking back, while the first student isn't exactly known for his stellar attention, I wonder if all that modeling just hadn't seemed as real until he noticed that I was sharing about NOT reaching a goal.)

Maybe living through my personal struggles this fall right in front my students helped them view me more as someone who works hard to persevere through obstacles, just like them.

Maybe this group of students would have just been particularly invested in the March Challenge anyway. But I'd like to think that some of that other work has made a difference. Regardless, it's really fun to see them reading and responding to my posts as a fellow writer and fellow member of our class community.

This morning, when I logged into our class blog to approve comments, this sweet one was waiting for me on the post where I link to my posts here, in response to yesterday's reflection on writing and running, and identity:
Don't you just love that she's encouraging me and giving me advice? She's one of my squad leaders, and I just chose her for our school's special "Celebration of Excellence" award. See why? She has been a major turning point in our class.
"You are one of my biggest examples in life, therefore I believe if you could do something I could do something as you do!" Her words echo in my head.

This is why I teach. This is why I write. This is why I share my reader-writer-learner self-who-is-working-to-get-better with my students.


  1. This is inspiring! I'm sure this student, this comment and even the learning your students are experiencing will be something you will remember for a long time. You inspire me to be a better teacher but you inspire your students to WANT to do more (even the ones that may not be listening half the time). :) Kudos to you! This is amazing! Thank you for sharing!

  2. That was always one of my favorite things about my writing class--writing with students, sharing with students. I always tweet out my slices so I still have some formers who visit my blog and let me know they read it. But none of them gave me as great a comment as your student. Hers was awesome.

  3. What a wonderful relationship you have with your class. I think I need to show my students how I struggle at times with my own writing. I need to show more of my writing & be willing to show my vulnerability.

  4. You are just what your students need. You have built a community in your class that goes beyond the school walls. What a wonderful comment!

  5. Oh wow! I love that your students read your blog and leave comments. Love this realization from your post: "...I wonder if all that modeling just hadn't seemed as real until he noticed that I was sharing about NOT reaching a goal.)"


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