Tuesday, March 6, 2012

What I Learned At School Today

Mid-morning a mom who volunteers most days to help with writing stopped in my classroom with her older son wearing a cast.  J was in speech and I asked what had happened to her oldest.  She was surprised that J had not told me the tale of the four wheeler, the ditch and the x-ray.
When J returned from speech I inquired “why didn’t you tell me about E’s arm?  He gave me a wicked grin and said, “cause I’m gonna write about it!”  “I can’t wait to read it,” I replied.
I’m not sure I’ll ever get to the point where my favorite way of telling a story is writing.  Maybe I’m too impatient.  I don’t
spend enough time crafting my story.  I haven’t until now had an audience for my writing.  Yet again, at the end of a day I realize again, how much I can learn from 5 year olds.


  1. You have an audience now and you can craft a story. I love "wicked grin" and the anticipation J has for telling the story of brother's broken arm. That's a writer, he has a story to tell. Must be someone to encourages him. Hmmmm . . . who could it be?
    Thanks for mentioning me in Stacey's post. I do enjoy this (and I'll tell you a secret, I never thought I was a writer either). I am honored, and I'm smiling!

  2. It speaks to the culture of your literary classroom of 5 year olds that this student was keeping a story secret in order to share it in writing. Very cute and very exciting!

  3. I believe nearly every one can teach us something. You are so right. You must have fun in your class with such an enthusiastic group. It's great he wanted to write about his news.