Slice of Life #28: Today’s Miracle – A Poem

Today's Miracle: 28 and 26 students(Two rowdy, after-lunch classes)(11-12 years old, attention spans short) FOCUSING! Writing, Drawing, Making thinking visible. Mining books for examples, Asking for help, Grabbing post-its freely. If finished,Reading. At the call For turning in notebooks, more than half areDONE! I guess offering a reward: Read aloud time at the end of … Continue reading Slice of Life #28: Today’s Miracle – A Poem

Slice of Life #26: Ten Minutes Into Work Time…

Tuesday. Period 3. Ten minutes into work time... Two girls sit together reading aloud, book exchanging hands every page. "'Rosalie took her in when her own mother kicked her out, her senior year in high school...' - Ohhh, Starr's mom must be young, then!" I love overhearing student voices when the room is calm, and … Continue reading Slice of Life #26: Ten Minutes Into Work Time…

Slice of Life #24: Sunny Sunday Scuffle

Porch: More like steps,Bricks warmed by sunshine,Rusty railing for leaning against. BelowSits the cat. Nibbling on browned grassesHiding amongst the bushes. And then... She stands at attention Ears perkedLanguid posture gone. I hear a rustle(A good 30 seconds after her)And behold: Across the sidewalk, A squirrel. She prowls. She pauses, Alert.They make eye contact.And... They're … Continue reading Slice of Life #24: Sunny Sunday Scuffle

Slice of Life #22: “Do I really need to know…?”

Names have been changed to protect the innocent. Before the morning bell, Erin enters my room while I'm mid-conversation with a fellow teacher. Erin, like most 6th graders, is socially awkward, so she doesn't think squeezing into the doorframe past a teacher is weird. "Good morning," my co-worker and I both greet her. She answers … Continue reading Slice of Life #22: “Do I really need to know…?”