I am not a classroom teacher anymore, but I am still teaching and learning. So when students send me writing, I imagine it is because they want someone else to spend time with their words. When students send you their work, they may be asking for feedback, or simply want someone in addition to teachers and parents, to care to read and listen. There is no grade attached, no threats or consequences, but the stakes seem just as high.
Who am I but another writer wondering where to lay my words? However, to a young writer, I am (not as young of) a writer, and we both have something we are crafting. We build community with each other, exchanging ourselves in digital letter, handwriting on her written work. And I suppose I am support, someone to confide in, someone who might offer encouragement and a critical lens. But in essence, I am just like her, writing.