I sat next to a student, conferring with her for the first time on her current fairy tale. I complimented her on organizing her writing into paragraphs. Then, we discussed substituting other words for said in order to show how the characters are feeling.
It hit me how far she has come this year. I needed to show her, so I pulled up her first published piece from the year. And as she looked at her work, her eyes got big and bright. She saw how she has grown and it lit up her face. And that is why I teach – for that moment that a student realizes what she can do.