Join the Slice of Life Community @ Two Writing Teachers
I heard the click of Bonnie’s keyboard, and then there we were: cued up to the projector and ready to present our workshop. It felt so strange to be up there, in front of the room, with expectant eyes focused on the two of us, as though asking: so, what do you have to share with us? how can you help us on our respective teaching journeys?
Bonnie took the lead, as planned, and began the first half of our presentation: teacher as writer. The ease of our friendship, and all the work that we had poured into this year long collaboration, made for a wonderfully natural back and forth dialogue between us and our audience. The teachers in our audience dove right into writing slices of their own, and we learned so much from them when they shared what this writing felt like, and how it might better inform their teaching of writing.
I was slowly finding my way as “presenter”, trying to gauge how much to talk, how much to listen, how much to question. And then we were in the second half of our session: student as writer. This segment began with Bonnie’s brilliant video recap of our Slice of Life year. Pharrell’s “Happy” began to play over the speakers, our theme song, and then there they were – my class from last year. I wasn’t prepared for the wave of emotion that took over at the sight of those faces. I was almost undone.
What a year we’d had! So many wonderful memories to hold on to, to celebrate. And yes, I could see those sixth grade faces change from September to June.
When it came time to speak of how we’d built our writing community, I felt the presence of my kids all around me. The memories of our year together were deeply embedded in all I shared with the teachers and teachers-to-be before me. How lucky I am to be engaged in the work I do!