Last period was finally approaching on this long Monday and we had some extra time. I wanted to try something different. I explained to my students that we would write poems about what they are thankful for. We would share these poems at our thanksgiving celebration on Wednesday. I gave them the prompt,”I am thankful for…”
Then, they opened their writer’s notebooks and wrote, but unlike the other times, where I walk around and meet with students, I decided to write as well. I opened up my writer’s notebook, which I admit was gathering some dust in my bookshelf, and got out my inky teacher pen and wrote. I crossed out some lines and struggled to come up with what I wanted to say exactly. However, I managed to put something together. A rough draft. A beginning to something. After about 15 minutes of writing, I walked around and encouraged students to expand and be more descriptive on what they wrote.
I read aloud to them what I had so far and had a few other students share as well. Afterwards, one of my students came up and asked, “Is that your writer’s notebook? Can I see the cover? Oooh, lucky…” Unfortunately, I didn’t decorate the cover of that writer’s notebook, but my student still seemed to like it.
I was reminded today that writing with my students and getting caught in the writing process along my students is worthwhile . So here’s a little something of what I’m came up with…
I’m thankful for…
the blank pages that welcome my pen
avocados from costco, no matter the price
the songs that resonate in my soul
the warm blankets that I can snuggle underneath on a cold winter day
getting paid to do what i love
my blog readers!
my family that supports me no matter how far apart we are
books that i can’t put down until i’m finished with it
my students from the past and the present
good friends that love me just as i am, no explanations needed
the excitement a student has in telling me about the book that they simply loved
slice of pumpkin pie, marshmallow yams and cranberry sauce
God’s unfailing love
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? 🙂
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