The Process of Becoming

This conversation with Eva was a gift. I got to experience a reader and writer in transition...someone who needed encouragement to continue to grow and flourish. I got to be a part of the trajectory of someone's growth! That is incredible. So often, school becomes a series of start and stop assignments. Here, Eva let me in to her trajectory as a learner. This is incredibly personal. I could have destroyed her confidence had I taken her story and pointed out the errors--had I not attended to what she needed--had I not taken the time to connect with her in the moment.

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Why do we say "no" to students?

A better alternative to saying no in a learning community is saying yes. Yes allows room for personal growth and exploration. Yes allows the teacher to ask students what did you learn in the process? what will you do differently next time? would you explain your thinking to me? Yes is encouraging. Yes demonstrates that students have control over their learning and that we are there to help, guide, and mentor. Ultimately, yes inspires confidence a belief that "I am capable of working my way through challenges." My teacher believes in me.

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