My very favorite part of the TC Reunion Saturday was when TCRWP Staff Developer, Lea Mercantini, shared the idea of reminding kids by using inspiring video clips that reading and writing IS hard but we must keep at it. She gave these three moving examples...
We must be a Jessica....and look in the mirror, eye to eye with ourselves and name the thing we are good at, as a writer and a reader. When writng and reading get hard, become Jessica and say "I can ________!" filling in the blank with your reading/writing strength.
We must tell kids that writers and readers try and try again. It is just like learning to ride a bike. We must shush the voice in our head that says "this is stupid" and "I'm not good at writing and reading." Instead, believe in yourself and work hard, like the bike rider tells us in this video:
And get the kleenex box before watching this inspiring video:
Then tell your students...don't you want to be like Derek...Let's be Derek!!
As readers and writers, let's push ourselves, knowing that the only way we can fail is if you don't try at all.
I hope we all can share these inspirational messages with a reader or writer in the near future!!