When I started doing the Slice of Life Challenge, never in a million years did I think I would share what I am writing with the students at my school. But yesterday, I did it.
Our school’s amazing Literacy Coach was working with one of our third grade classes earlier this week on slicing. I walked by the classroom and the kids seemed so focused on her. Yesterday, as the students began listing many of the emotions that they could write about, there were quite a few that I could see were unsure. When the teacher finished writing the emotions on the board, I listened as the students moaned, groaned and complained (about a number of things). The biggest complaint was, “What should I write about?” even though they had a notebook with about 30 different things they could try. This was one of those teachable moments. I decided, What the hell. Let’s give this a try.
“Room 12, I heard you were beginning to slice and I was wondering if I could share a little something of mine with you?”
“Yes!” “Sure!” “What’s it about?”
The room got quiet – you could actually hear a pin drop. And for that classroom it was a miracle. I read Oh, Mr. Sun. They listened intently the entire time and never interrupted. They were the perfect audience.
When I was done there was silence. Then someone asked, “You wrote a letter to the Sun? That’s it! That’s all we have to do.” “Can you come back and share again? Can we share with you?”
I walked out of that room to the sound of students thinking, imagining, and writing their Slice of Life that I cannot wait to experience with them!