I recently shared a video clip (check in at 5:00 to see the 2 minute clip) with the staff at my school by Matt Glover. In it, he shares an story about his twelve year-old son heading out to the dance floor at a family wedding. His son had no idea how to dance, so he stood in the middle of the floor, stiff as a board, not knowing what to do. Matt’s wife came to the rescue and gave him little hints…”First”, she told him, “dancers bend their knees up and down. Next, they sway back and forth.” She told him little by little, what to do next until he was out there dancing away. Matt goes on to explain that what his wife did was honor the approximations of their son. She met him where he was as a dancer, and nudged him one step at a time to help him learn how to dance. She could have given him all the steps at once, but she knew that would overwhelm him.
How many times do we sit down with our young writers and see a mountain of work that needs to be done? (more…)