#Sol18 March 16 Writing with Kids

Slice of LIfe

I am participating in the March Slice of Life Challenge: A slice a day for all of March.  You should do it too!  Thank you, Two Writing Teachers! Readers, check out their site, and start slicing! 

I wrote with 5th graders today.
I invited them to write a  “Right now I am…” slice, 
first we practiced together 

I have missed the feeling of a class 
shouting out a brainstorm
challenging me to try new things
wondering what I’ll do next


There’s something about 
writing with kids
writing in front of kids
talking about writing 
joking with kids
teaching with friends
laughing with a class

In just a half an hour we explored
writing, yes but also
running starts
mentor texts
writing habits
and more

They asked great questions like, “How did you do that?” 
And, my favorite, a hopeful sounding pair of 5th graders asking,
“Will you be teaching at the middle school next year?”


5 thoughts on “#Sol18 March 16 Writing with Kids

  1. I love writing in front of students, but it’s a scary proposition at times. We’re vulnerable, though, and I think they appreciate and respect that (most of the time). Thanks for turning your experience into a poem!

  2. Oh my gosh I love the ending! And what a wonderful generating idea. But I think the best part of this slice is what you’re doing for your kids, showing them you are a writer. That matters so much. Thanks for sharing this!

  3. Yes! There’s something about writing with kids that really inspires me too. I’ve never been very good–or very confident–at writing in front of kids. That’s an area where I need to challenge myself. I loved their hopeful question at the end. Clearly they want to keep writing!

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