Public confidence

| April 12, 2011

Today, my students attended a short presentation where a guest author read a children’s story that she had recently had published.  The students enjoyed listening to the story, and connected with the author, who was a local community member, and had written the book about her grandchildren.  The author began encouraging the students to write their own stories, telling them how the process works, and asking them questions about their reading and writing.  One of my students who was in the audience had started the year off with very little confidence in his reading and writing.  He had always been reluctant to work on literacy activities, and hadn’t participated much in class during English activities.  Throughout the year, though, he had gotten comfortable working with me, and learned that we could work on his reading and writing at his own pace.  I encouraged him for his effort and for even the smallest specific improvements.  He has been working really hard, and has learned that he enjoys reading certain genres, and starting to read more on his own.

So today, when the author asked who was good at English, I was overjoyed to see my student raise his hand high in the air, with a big smile on his face.  His English skills are coming along, but I couldn’t be happier to see that his confidence, motivation, and enthusiasm are already there.