The Ability to Marvel

Slice of Life Challenge #8: The Ability to Marvel

A few weeks ago, I heard that Steve Jobs was not only incredibly innovative as the head of Apple, but an amazing speaker. I heard that Steve Jobs would often just stand and marvel at the new item he was presenting, whether it was taking the Macbook Air out of a manilla envelope or looking at the size of the new iphone. As he marveled at the new product, so would the audience, be equally as enchanted.

I couldn’t help but keep thinking about this and how effective this could be. I wonder, what if we spent more time just marveling at our students works. I feel like Lucy Calkins does this really well that captivates you when you’re listening to her speak. After going to the summer institutes at teacher’s college, I love how she marvels at the writing of students and teachers. (I’m going to the July Reading Institute this year!)

As a teacher, that’s something I need to do more of. I can do it in the mini-lesson, or during individual conferences. I need to just sit and marvel at my student’s writing. Maybe it’s a powerful sentence, maybe it just a simple word that sticks out or maybe it’s the whole piece. Not only do I want to marvel at my students’ writing, but at all the writing everyone is doing for the slice of life challenge.

9 thoughts on “The Ability to Marvel

  1. Kevin Hodgson says:

    I agree. Sometimes, a student will write something that just takes my breath away and I think: now where did that come from? Can we get some more of that? Those are the moments that make an entire day seem magical.

  2. elsie says:

    I love that word marvel. I’m going to use it more when I talk to teachers about their students’ writing. They don’t marvel, they groan, “They didn’t put in periods, capitals, on and on . . .” They don’t see the story and savor the idea. Thanks for bringing this out. I marvel at all the slicers this year.

  3. Donna Smith says:

    Maah-velous! Marveling is akin to finding the positives. For some reason the negatives are much easier to note, and when working with anyone, much less helpful

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