Staring up at me feeling vulnerable, waiting to hear what words were going to come out of my mouth. This was my experience as I conferred with sixth grade readers today. They showed me their thinking as readers through their notes and words, nervously awaiting my words. My words. Our words hold so much power to the little people we spend our days with.
I breathed a sigh of relief for myself and for the student staring up at me. I believe in conferring to build on strengths. I believe in building students up. I believe in compliments. And today I was in there to confer with students to compliment their thinking as readers.
As I opened my mouth and started to speak, “Thank you for sharing your thinking with me. I’d like to give you a big compliment.”, I could see the power of my words. Relief rushed over their faces and a smile formed on their lips. In that moment, they heard their strengths and felt proud.