Recently, as part of the Slice of Life challenge, Stacey asked slicers to reflect on our writing so far this month. I answered her charge at the time by commenting; leaving my thoughts. However, I have continued to reflect on this and was even thinking about it as I woke up this morning. Here is today's reflection:
"Making your way in the world today takes everything you've got.
Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot.
Wouldn't you like to get away?"
I've had the "Cheers" tv show theme song in my head all day. I'm not sure why. I couldn't tell you the last time I actually heard the song...but it's there, so there must be a slice about it, right?
As I pondered this idea today, I was watching my students read. I couldn't help but feel proud of their reading journey. I thought about how hard it was when they first started; how long it took for us to build up our reading stamina to the point we are now...20+ minutes!!
The atmosphere in the classroom today as they shopped for new books was electric. Many of them were shopping in a new reading level! It certainly makes my job fun, and worth while, when I see that gleam in their eyes that tells me they are feeling proud of themselves. (And it doesn't hurt to know that over half of them just moved up a reading level either!)
I just love the way they drape themselves around the classroom now and get cozy during reading to self time. Some of them truely lose themselves in their books for a little while. The SOL writing challenge has become this for me! Writing and reading SOL stories has become my time to: