I highlighted a passage from the very first chapter. Bomer describes a process in evaluating student writing that she calls "naming." She explains that pointing out something that a student does well in their writing is not a "throwaway moment." It should not be viewed as "empty praise" but instead may serve to point out something that a student may not realize they are doing well. By drawing attention to their strengths they can gain confidence as a writer and build on that.
I like this passage because as a teacher I think I too often point out all that students do wrong, whether it be through formal grading or an individual conference. I had not thought about the idea that students, especially those in the lower grades, may not realize what they do well as writers and Bomer's "naming" step could really boost their confidence and allow them to grow.