Writing Things That Make Me Happy

1. Noticing the growth in a young writer: I conferred with one of my students today who fought with me tooth-and-nail at the beginning of the school year when it came to elaborating. Today, he had six pages-worth (double-spaced) of writing for his literary essay draft! This makes me happy. 🙂

2. Having a student hand me her fourth, FILLED writer’s notebook saying, “Can you store this with the other’s Ms. Shubitz?” File it? OF COURSE! These are the notebooks I have in her jam-packed file:
This makes me happy. 🙂

3. Conferring with a student about her literary essay on my entire ride home from work. It felt like I zoomed home tonight since we were talking about writing from my cell phone to her home phone. She had questions and needed feedback and I had time. This makes me happy. 🙂

4. Having students who ask me for a conference when they craft their plan box at the end of a writing minilesson. This makes me happy. 🙂

5. Even better… watching them work productively until I have the ability to meet with them. This makes me the happiest. 🙂

It’s days like today that make me happy to teach writing. 🙂