Last week, when Melanie Meehan shared my Slice, Some, as the daily inspiration for the March Slice of Life Challenge, it felt special. Melanie had emailed to ask permission to share my Slice and I anxiously awaited the day it would be shared. I hadn’t really considered that maybe this share would mean more people might read my Slice. I just felt seen and that felt nice.
Last week, when Melanie Meehan shared my Slice, Some, as the daily inspiration for the March Slice of Life Challenge, my friend, coworker and fellow “Slice of Lifer”, Dawn, shared the “news” with our entire staff. She wrote,
SES’s very own JESS CAREY is the featured inspiration on TWO WRITING TEACHERS today!!!
CHECK IT OUT!
I know that some of my colleagues at school follow my blog or read occasionally because they follow me on Twitter. But my blog isn’t something I would have ever thought the entire staff might see. Over the course of the day, several people replied to the email, congratulating me on the share. Others stopped me in the hall and commented on the piece.
Then today, I was walking down the hall and a second grade teacher lit up as she approached me from the opposite end of the hallway. “I spent probably forty minutes reading your blog this weekend. I really loved it,” she said.
I’m sure my face lit up too. “That makes me really happy,” I said.
These exchanges have me thinking about how to share more of this with kids. How do we continue to give them feedback and help them learn to give each other feedback in ways that will lift them up, help them feel seen, and drive them to want to keep writing?