The Slice of Life March Writing Challenge @ Two Writing Teachers – 31 days of a writing community.
The walls of our classroom talk…
We have our learning charts, of course, which anchor and unstick our thinking.
We have our writing and our projects, which are satisfying to look upon and take pleasure in.
We have artwork and notes students tack up when the mood strikes them, which is a way to own our space.
And we have pictures: pictures of the sixth graders that were and the sixth graders that are, all connected by memories and the work we do:
Halfway through the year, once the foundations of memory have been laid down strong, and our classroom has become a community, I put up collages of the current year. It takes a little while before my kids realize that they are now represented on the walls of our classroom, they’ve become so used to the pictures of years past. Yesterday, they noticed the new pictures, and there was a flurry of excitement:
“Wow, that was the marshmallow challenge – the first day. How little we looked!”
“That was book club, the first book club. So fun.”
“My hair was so short!”
“You look funny there…guess I did too!”
“That was so long ago…wow, that was soooo long ago!”
Our walls talk. I love what they have to say.