Saturday, December 7, 2013

Something to Write About

It's been a long time. No reason really, just haven't felt the need to write anything in a while. A long while actually.

One of those magical moments happened in the classroom, and it's got me at the keyboard.

My students had to do a round of mandated testing this week. Reading, writing, arithmetic. For the writing assessment, the kids were asked to write a narrative about time travel.

Reading through the kids' stories, I was genuinely impressed with the overall quality. One really stood out though.

One of the girls wrote a story about her journey back in time to a small village in Ethiopia to see her mom. She spends the day watching her mom play in the yard with her teddy bear. When the mother is called inside, she leaves the teddy bear outside. My student sneaks in and grabs it, taking it back with her to the present. She gives the bear to her mother, and seeing this relic of her past, she is overwhelmed with emotion.

I was floored by the power of this girl's story. It's the little things like this one story that make teaching such a rewarding experience.

That's definitely something to write about.

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  1. I wonder what she was thinking and feeling as she wrote her story. You're right - it's good!

    I hope you were able to catch her by herself and tell her how strong a story it was. A few teachers told me things when I was young; things that I glossed over. But years later, it would resurface and have an encouraging and beneficial impact on me.

    Welcome back to blogging. :)

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    1. I did talk with her, and her smile was priceless. I told her she should have her mom read it too.

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  2. That child has been listening closely to her mother's childhood stories, and has quite an imagination.

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    1. She's a great kid, the kind of kid you love to work with every day.

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  3. Yeah, finding a hook like that for a short story is what it's all about. Well done her.

    And, um, yes you could blog a little more often Tim!! Hope you've been well. :)

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    1. Hoping to blog more regularly for sure. Good to hear from you.

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  4. What a great story. I wish I could sneak back to my past.

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    1. Me too. It was interesting to see which kids went back in time and which went to the future.

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  5. "Life of Riles" has been included in the A Sunday Drive for this week. Be assured that I hope this helps to point even more new visitors in your direction.

    http://asthecrackerheadcrumbles.blogspot.com/2013/12/a-sunday-drive_8.html

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  6. 'Tis. Great to hear your voice again too.

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    1. Thanks dbs-good to hear from you as well.

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  7. Wow, this gave me the chills to read it. Amazing that a young kid could write something this powerful and touching. If she wants to continue writing I can only imagine how talented she will be as an adult.

    Great to see you, Tim!

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  8. I'm so glad I happened to pop in to read this.

    Merry Christmas, Tim.

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