If you want to teach me to write, first you have to love me. ~AVI

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Music to Teacher Ears! ~ SOLS 23

These are the words that are speaking to me tonight, words that I need to tuck away, for they will surely brighten a rainy day.

“I was missing that voice.”

Every once in a while I take on an accent for the narrator of a book that I am reading aloud. I don’t think I am all that good at it and always wish I could do different voices. The narrator, Georgina’s voice in How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O’Connor immediately reminded me of Opal from Because of Winn Dixie who I also gave a southern accent. When I first started reading, my students wondered out loud, “what happened to your voice?”

Yesterday I had a meeting and had not left yet when the substitute started the read aloud. I had to chuckle a bit when shortly after she started reading, S. raised her hand and asked if she could do the voice the way Mrs. A. does it. Fast forward to this afternoon, after a short discussion recapping yesterday’s events, I started reading. A moment later from the back of the meeting area I hear H. (one of my most difficult students) say “Oh, I was missing that voice.” A few simple words, but oh so meaningful and memorable. H. you made my day! :)

More about the book in a future post. We are LOVING it!


  1. H was listening! Great accomplishment and I'm sure you sounded perfect!! You do so much to enrich your students' literate lives!!

  2. Sweet - your opening says it all and I love all the sentiment packed into your student's sentence.