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.”
Literacy Consultant. Author. Former 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Teacher.