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

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Thankful on Thursday

SOLS #8 

Today I am grateful
to teach and learn
alongside my incredible school family
young and old.

Today I am grateful for Math Workshop with
Capture the Fractions, "Just like war with fractions cards."
The nodding heads and gleaming eyes that whisper, "I get it now."
Students listening and learning from one another.

Writers settling in,  but..."Not until we put on the piano music."
Writers sharing and responding thoughtfully.
"I like the way you..." "Your piece has lots of details..."
Writers revising and publishing...."How does this word sound?"

Readers eager for Book Club time.
Time to share thinking about Sistine and Rob,
To chat about Catherine, David, & Jason,
To ponder Aaron's arrival and Tess's reaction.

Readers' enthusiasm, even for ELA practice passages! (Surprising, right?)
Looking back,
Marking-up text,
Stopping and jotting.

Musicians moving up to band
proudly packing their instruments
Setting up for an impromptu performance
proudly playing for their classmates.

Tonight I am thankful for
Pizza baking in the oven
Dinner with my boys.
Coffee time too.

An extraordinarily ordinary day
So many blessings.

A first draft, a rough draft, some rambling on a tired, but thankful Thursday night.  TGIF (almost.)

Head over to Two Writing Teachers for more on the March Slice of Life Story Challenge.


  1. This sounds like the perfect day. I could just picture your students working and learning together in your classroom. I love the "piano music"...we call it thinking music in our classroom, and my students wait for it too. Pizza and coffee with your family at the end of the day sounds like the icing on the cake.

  2. Always good to take the time to notice and be thankful.

  3. Sounds like this was a day chockful of blessings. I'll bet your students went home thinking they had had a great day too. I love Cynthia Lord's books, also her blog. She is amazing! Go check out www.literatelives.blogspot.com for a recap of a school visit she just did in Ohio.