It’s one thing to believe in ourselves. It’s another of course to believe in our students. But how can we get our students to believe in themselves? Through language and celebration we can make these breakthroughs together.
When we start to think a certain way, we begin to act a certain way. “When I was a child I spoke like a child, I talked like a child…” When we say we are writers, we begin to believe we are writers. We begin to think like writers. We begin to draft like writers and write like writers. Then we start to publish just like a writer. But without that language and without that support and celebration of saying “Yes! I am a writer” or whatever it may be, then how can we expect to achieve those goals and aspirations?