UPDATE: Did it work, my critique group lesson from 3/18?
I sent this message to Christy Allen, “With book reports, did our class critique make any difference in scores/attitudes/anything? Or on other work? If it didn’t, it helps me to know” so I can make changes.”
Christy answered, “Yes, it sure did. All kids corrected their mistakes and made 100% on project!! Thank you again!!! I sure wish I had the love for writing like you do!! You inspire me 😊”
Her answer melted my heart! Plus, her students asked Mrs. Christy for a third visit. I got it later that night. I love return engagements! They make me miss kids and teachers. But I love hearing I made a difference, for these kids, on this one project.
Now a month later I’m wondering if my visit is still making a difference. It would be hard to do, but worthwhile. It’s easy to correct mistakes when they’re pointed out, like in our class critiques. But it’s harder later when you’re alone, with no help, taking a test. I hope my visit helped Mrs. Christy’s 3rd graders edit those tests and achieve better results. That would be HUGE! Her kids are in the middle of T-CAPS, Tennessee’s achievement testing. Good luck, Valley View Third Graders!!!
Long term, starting with a class critique visit next fall, then using/editing this technique all year could reap big benefits. If you’re interested in trying a critique visit either this year or next, please contact me. The price is right!
Critique groups and partners help professional writers grow. I think my kid version could help you. I’ll model several ways to edit. Then your students can see and hear the difference between an earlier draft and a later one. It could equal real results, for you and for your students.
When I write, I can only have one voice in my head, mine. A little noise is fine. But too much, or worse yet, WORDS, and I must change rooms or pull out headphones. Then I can write on!