The March Slice of Life Challenge is hosted by Two Writing Teachers .
When the moment arrives, we move to the back of our classroom, find our comfy chairs and cushions, and settle in. I hear the crisp rustle of notebooks as my kids open their reading journals and find their book-notes from the time before. “I can’t wait to find out where they’re moving to”, says one student, “I hope we learn more about this kid in the next chapter”, says another. And then the room grows quiet as I settle into my rocking chair and begin.
The story calls to me and I am in the moment – my voice rises and falls, grows sharp and shrill and then gentle and kind. My expressions change, too – an angry face or a wry face, whatever the story calls for. My students are alert and watchful, and I can see their expressions changing, too. They are in the story, living its arcs of emotion, the twists and turns of its plot. Sometimes there is a gasp, a giggle, and sometimes there is uproarious laughter.
When it’s time to turn and talk, the room erupts in conversation. Voices rise, points are made, insights are shared, questions are pondered over. And then all eyes turn to me to ask: can we please continue…puhleeeze??? And we do.
We are reading aloud, and we are loving it.