A Very Nice Afternoon

I was teaching my little heart out this afternoon in a reading conference during independent reading today, when I looked up and scanned the classroom. What I saw brought me to tears.

I saw a couple of kids sitting under a table, a handful laying in various positions on the carpet, a kid sitting in my chair, two kids sitting back to back leaning on each other, and the rest of the class sitting at their seats. As I scanned the room a second time I looked at the books in their hands: Hatchet, Charlie Bone, Darth Paper, Wonder, Brian’s Winter, Princess For Hire (this girl did an actual fist pump because of something that was happening in her book) , Amulet, Bone, Latasha and the Little Red Tornado, The Big Fat Cow that Went Kapow.

What I didn’t see was kids sharpening their pencils, getting a third drink of water, throwing things away, or organizing their pencil box.

Things are far from perfect in my little classroom at the end of the hall. We have a long ways to go and probably not enough days to get there. I wish everyone was reading above grade level, heck, I wish they were all reading at grade level. Although we have our issues and we are not perfect, today was perfect. I got to sit with a classroom full of readers. We spend the day reading, writing and talking about reading and writing.

I’m looking forward to tomorrow.

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11 thoughts on “A Very Nice Afternoon

  1. Great post, Colby! At a time of year when we are all getting buried in data, you remind me that spending our days reading, writing, and talking is what really matters. Thank you!

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  2. Thank you so much for this, Colby! I often find myself wondering if this will happen in my room this year. I think it will one of these days. I am going to share this post so I can remember that it cant happen!

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  3. Those moments make all the not-so-wonderful moments worth it. Reminds me of the day I rearranged my entire lesson so that a reluctant reader could finish his book which he then rated a 2000 when asked to give it a 1-10 rating. Thank you for sharing this. We are in the middle of state testing, and I needed the reminder.

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  4. Fist pump!

    Your post reminded me of independent reading time the other day, when a girl in class just started waving her book around saying, “Freak out! Freak out! Freak out!” She was at an “emotional part,” she said.

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