Part of Slice of Life by Two Writing Teachers.
I’m glad Slice of Life is on Tuesdays. I’m glad my school year started yesterday, not on a Tuesday . . . I wouldn’t have wanted to write a slice of life yesterday. It would have gone something like this:
Can’t sleep, wake up, tired. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Greet kids, help with lockers, answer a million questions with “I’m not sure. I’ll try to find out.” Over-planned, no time, focus on community. Talk at kids, bore myself. Comfort the overwhelmed, read aloud. Expectations, presentations, rules, rules, rules. Meeting, walk, walk, walk…”
But today I have slices. Slices that remind me why I love teaching.
I asked this question:
Got great answers:
Let me zoom in on one my favorite questions.
Later. . .
We had student council elections where the following campaign occurred:
Student A: Vote for me. I’m going to make this classroom great again!
Student B: Hey! This classroom is already great!
During reading my classroom library lit up with students taking books, and it made my heart fill. A group of girls came over to me to ask, “Can we take out more than one book? We have books but we want to read this as a book club.”
Then in writing we did some quick 6 word memoirs, and that’s when I truly remembered how much I love my job.
I needed those 6 word memoirs…
Tomorrow’s To do list:
- Finish learning everyone’s name
Start slow. Take breaths. Work hard.