We’re often asked how we chart writing progress. How we know if kids are becoming better writers.
We have a few answers.
We collect report cards, so we see how each Mighty kid is doing in English and language arts.
We also have a computer program that analyzes writing progress. The kids type their stories into a template, press submit and the program evaluates their writing. It may be they need to be more descriptive. Or maybe there’s too much description.
The kids revise, and resubmit. We track their scores over time.
There’s another way we judge how kids are progressing with writing. It has nothing to do with report cards or computer programs. It’s purely observational. It’s called confidence.
Early into our launch of Mighty Writers, one of our little Mighty guys stopped me as I was coming through the front door. He had a question.
“How do you get the money to run Mighty Writers?”
“Any way I can,” I told him, adhering to my vow to always speak truth to Mighty power.
He thought about that for a moment. I could see the self-esteem he’d earned at Mighty Writers grow right in front of me.
“Know what I’m going to do, Mr. Tim? I’m going to open up a sneaker store and give the money to Mighty Writers. And then when I grow up, I’m going to be a lawyer and buy you a whole lot of Mighty Writer houses.”
I didn’t doubt him. I had only one request.
“Can you put that in writing?”