My grandmother was a kind and gentle person who only spoke when she had something important to say. Although she didn’t carry on lengthy conversations, her words were full of wisdom. As a young girl, I remember walking in the woods with her after arguing with my younger brother. She stopped along the path, bent down and looked me in the eyes, “You know – What we say really matters. It shows what we care about.”
Now many years later, I think about her message every time I sit beside a reader.
If what we say shows what we care about, then our conversations with readers are priceless. When sitting beside a reader, I want readers to talk about what they are reading and about the process of reading. I want to know what is working for them, what they are thinking about and what plans they have as readers.
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