Thursday, March 29, 2018

Slice of Life 2018- 29 of 31

For the month of March, I am participating in the Eleventh Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge. That means that I am writing every day for the month of March in the good company of the Two Writing Teachers community. 

"I can't believe how much your kids write," one of the teachers said to M as we came out of her room. 

Even our staff developer was impressed with the productivity and quality of writing in this first grade classroom. We had a professional development day with one of our TC staff developers, and Lisa'd done a demonstration lesson. The lesson had to do with the checklist, but she'd made a game out of it. We all thought the kids would enjoy it because it was a game. They did, but they were happy to stop playing and get to their writing. 

"I've got to get to my ending," I heard one of them say

I walked with the teachers and the staff developer back to the media center after the lesson. As soon as we got there, Lisa realized she still had the microphone around her neck that one of the students needs to hear the lessons, so I walked it back to the classroom. The students were in the hallway, chattering and getting ready for recess. 

"I love recess and writing workshop," one of them said.
"Me too," her friend replied. 

I can believe how much those kids write. They love it. 

Happy Slicing,


  1. Oh I could write so many slices about the times when I left with the microphone -- never pretty!! It is heartwarming to hear how much kids love writing when it is meaningful, purposeful and authentic. I am not surprised either! Thank you for sharing - some are still getting it going and need to know there is a light around the corner.

  2. Music to a teacher's ears! I love how you captured the dialogue between the two students. This has me pumped up for the last day before Spring Break!

  3. Such a great testimony to writing workshop and how your classroom works. I love this story.

  4. Sometimes it all just clicks! Last year I had a group much more into writing than this year's group- I wish I could inspire them to love it more.

  5. I agree with Amanda, this is a testament to the quality of teaching and culture of literacy you and your colleagues have created for your students. How awesome! This type of enthusiasm and culture around writing is something I strive to create in my building.

  6. "I love recess and writing workshop"!!!! Love this so much.

  7. And in Kindergarten, when they ask for a writing table during Genius Hour time because Writer's Workshop wasn't long enough for them, that's just crazy. I love it!