Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Things That Made Me Smile
Smile number one: My freshmen English classes meet the last two hours of the day. On Fridays, it's almost impossible to get them to focus on much of anything. The last two weeks we have worked on "fun" writing assignments. The first was a version of a pass-back story. I gave them three totally unrelated words and they had to use them in a story. Each member in the group of four wrote for one minute. When the timer beeped, they passed the story on to the next person in the group. These turned out pretty silly, but the kids had fun and they were writing. Last week we wrote ABC stories. The stories were 26 lines long and each line started with a letter of the alphabet. I couldn't believe how hard they worked on these! They giggled. They wrote. They shared. I love it!
Smile number two: This smile started with a post Chloe and I wrote this summer. One of the elementary teachers in our district tweeted that she liked Chloe's writing and said she thought their dog could blog also. Well, over the weekend she let me know that her son and his dog had started a blog.
I just love that when this young man is bored he and his dog write a blog post. It's really cute. You should check it out.
Smile number three comes from my "Reading Machine". Josh is home from Afghanistan and in college. I keep track of him through Facebook. Yesterday, another former student posted on Facebook that she was struggling to get back into free reading and asked for book recommendations. My reading machine told her about John Green books and offered to let her borrow his copies. From non-reader to book recommender. How can I not smile about that?
Writing this post has made me smile all over again. What made you smile this week?