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Stacey’s Slice of Life Story: Day 12

Each student went around at Closing Circle and shared some of the positive feedback they received from another student or an adult during the Publishing Party today. It was a super way to end the day.

After school, a few of my students helped me clean up and discovered two cold half-gallons of juice under the coffee table. Realizing that both would not fit in my classroom fridge, I allowed them to open up one of the boxes. The went to town, devouring the sweet fruit juice. Seeing as the students were preoccupied with their juice drinking, I headed over to my computer to create the heading for the new writing strategy chart bulletin board. First, I decided on a color (blue — match the walls), then I decided on a font (Franklin Gothic Book). Finally, I decided on a border: balloons (to sub-consciously celebrate their second essays of the year that they’ll write). I was concentrating on the point size and the spacing when one of my students came over and said, “Smile Ms. Shubitz.”

“Huh?” I said.

“Can I take your picture?” she asked.

I thought to myself, Hmmmm… No lipstick. Hair’s in a ponytail. Hunched over on my computer. I’m sure that’ll make a good one. But instead of saying ‘no’ I gave her a half-hearted, “Sure.”

She took it and I didn’t ask to look at it. Though when I got home, I found it came out better than I expected, even if my eye shadow was smudged!

Stacey Shubitz View All

I am a literacy consultant who focuses on writing workshop. I've been working with K-6 teachers and students since 2009. Prior to that, I was a fourth and fifth-grade teacher in New York City and Rhode Island.

I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).

I live in Central Pennsylvania with my husband and children. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, doing Pilates, cooking, baking, making ice cream, and reading novels.

8 thoughts on “Stacey’s Slice of Life Story: Day 12 Leave a comment

  1. I love ponytails! You look really cute. Wish I could have been in your class as a young person. It sounds like you have really great ideas for encouraging your students to be excited about learning.


  2. This is a great photo, Stacey! I agree with Juliann: I spent so many years shying away from students’ cameras, but I am much more likely to pose now. I’m glad your students decided to catch you at work … and that you chose to share it with the rest of us!


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