I was co-teaching in a 5th grade writer’s workshop today; we are working on memoirs. I overheard a student tell the teacher, “I don’t want to work with Mr. Fleming. He corrects me too much.”
That got me wondering, am I offering too many corrections? In my conversation with the student we reviewed the difference between a story and a memoir; she understood well the concept. Then I asked her, “What could you add to your conclusion to…” and before I finished she answered, “I need to tell how I learned that lesson when that event happened.”
“Yes!” I replied.
“Should I mention that learning at the beginning so the reader knows where I am headed?” Clearly she had overheard my previous conversations.
“Yes. Go to it.”
So, I don’t think I offered too many corrections. I believe that she evaluated her work and found a few holes in her writing on her own. I confirmed her evaluation and sent her on her way. The problem was that she did not want to make the additions. But that’s OK, I have yet to meet a 5th grader who likes to make corrections (and I haven’t met too many adults who like to make corrections either).