As I working with kids at the rainbow table, other kids were reading together, reading alone and I can hear a small group having a conversation about the book Dinosaurs Before Dark. There are 5 kids around the book. 2 have read it and are showing the other 3 kids passages from the book.
They were holding their very own book talk.
I think nothing of the conversation. We talk about books all the time. We share books. We LOVELOVELOVE read aloud time. I could read aloud all day. (Heck, I could read all day. Oh wait. I think I have done that in my lifetime.)
Kids rotate in and out of the rainbow table. We get our work done early and head out for extra recess. It’s Friday afternoon after a LONG week and I am in lala land. We are the only class on the playground.
I can hear kids talking about Jack and Annie. Same 5. They are re-enacting scenes from the book. They have created a game surrounding the book. They are pretending to hold a book in their hands and are spinning around and around and around until they land in dinosaur time. Some of the kids are dinosaurs that Jack and Annie are chasing all over the playground.
They proceed to play for 30 minutes.
There are no words to describe how I felt as I was watching this whole scene play out. I am still just amazed what went on during that recess today. As we were heading into the building, I could hear them making plans for Monday’s recess.
Moments such as this are why I show up each day to teach kids. #justsayin’
4 thoughts on “Amazed”
I can see childlike wonder when high schoolers share books they love. It is because of teachers like you inspiring your students to love reading.
My colleague overheard her Grade 7s talking about a tea party they hosted, based on their historical fiction novel. Grade 7. Tea party. Based on book. When people complain about “kids today”, these are the moments I mention.
I love this! I wish more kids would do this and then share about the experience.
Wow! That’s all I can say. Wow! It is refreshing what happens when we give kids time to play, choose, create, and direct themselves. So beautiful.
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