The Slice of Life March Writing Challenge @ Two Writing Teachers – 31 days of a writing community.
We had a different sort of week this week: a blizzard on Tuesday, a half-day on Wednesday, and basketball March Madness which seems to have hijacked the attention span of my sixth grade boys. It was also a week in which I’d hoped to wrap up projects and units in every subject area. With all the distractions afoot, I remember driving to school on Wednesday and telling myself to relax and be prepared for getting very little done: it was a half day, after all, we could focus on one thing instead of many, and … que sera, sera (as the old song goes).
I asked my kiddos what that “one thing” should be, and just about everyone voted to finish our book club literary essays. This surprised me, being that this was intense work – we’d worked through mapping out our thesis and supporting evidence the previous Friday, and moved through the introduction and first evidence paragraph on Monday. I thought it made more sense to return to finishing up this work (two more evidence paragraphs and the conclusion) on Thursday, but my students had ideas of their own.
“I feel like we’re on a roll,” Trevor said, “let’s just write it today.” I looked around at other heads nodding in agreement, and decided to go for it. We gathered at the reading rug for our minilesson and mentor text study first, and then dispersed to various desks and corners of the classroom to write. For the next hour and fifteen minutes, our room was silent save for the sounds of rustling pages, writing, and the low hum of individual conferences.
By the time the dismissal bell had rung, a stack of reading journals had been piled high on our conference desk,and all of us (myself included) felt that our half day had been well spent…in spite of snow, a day off, and a half day to work with. I celebrate that!
And here’s something else to celebrate – the delightful song that came to mind while I was writing this: