Feedback Loop: What Are They Saying About DoodleLoops?
Read a letter from a teacher written to Sandy in 1990, more than 25 years ago, back when DoodleLoops were called “Fun Pages.”
April 9, 1990
I want to express my sincere appreciation to you for sharing your wonderful Fun Pages with me. After using them for the past two years, they have some to be one of the most valued resources in my teaching collection.
Each year I am amazed to see the growth in my students’ writing ability through the use of Fun Pages. They take writing from the idea stage to well-developed stories. They invite students to think, to create and to express themselves – first in pictures and then in written form.
The students are always very motivated to work with Fun Pages. They look forward to them daily and can’t wait to check their assignments in the morning to see what Fun Page they will be doing. They are delighted with the creatures, funny-looking people and seasonal drawings. They relate so well to each of the themes. They also enjoy the opportunity to express themselves freely without an adult asking them to change or edit what they have written.
I am very motivated to use them as well. I look forward to reading what my students have written. They continually surprise me with ideas for stories that I would never have imagined. I feel that I know my students more intimately than ever before because their writing reveals their interests, feelings, priorities, values, senses of humor and capabilities.
The parents of the students in my classes have been thrilled with their children’s work on Fun Pages. They’ve commented on them at conferences, open houses and in personal notes. The parents enjoy reading Fun Pages and support them as a valuable instructional tool. They appreciate having concrete examples of their children’s progress in Language Arts. Many save them through the year and from year to year.
I sincerely hope you will consider sharing this wonderful resource with teachers on a larger scale. I have worked with them in districts on Long Island, NY and the North Shore of Chicago and have had great success with them. I’m sure teachers nationwide would find them as rewarding to work with as I have.