(Maybe these Saturday posts should be called Saturday Sayings a la Regie Routman. I promise I do read books authored by other experts. I'll get to them soon!)
Expectations - oh how they've changed. I can almost remember the days when I expected every child in my class to start and finish one and only one story each day. I also thought I needed to meet with each one when they finished, getting my hands on every piece they wrote. How this limited them. They simply were not writing enough.
For many years I've been free of this micro-management type of teaching. Even better, my kids have been free too. They write and write and write. If they finish a piece, there's no checking in with Miss McMorrow. They know, "When you're done, you've just begun" and off they go to start a new piece. Without a doubt my kids write a whole lot more than they did way back when. In ten years, no doubt my writers will write even more and better than they do today. Continue to expect more.