On Reading, Writing, Crayons, and Joy

I love to read. As a reading teacher, that is IMPERATIVE. If you want your kids to love reading, you need to love reading. I am a STRONG believer in this. I’ve been told that preachers need to be able to preach, pray, or die at a moment’s notice. Well, elementary teachers need to be able to recommend a just right book for every reader, tell when a kid is fibbing about reading a book (and know what to do about it), or retire.

Well, I teach writing as well. I think writing is okay. This is a problem. I want my kids to love to write, so I need to love to write. I do love it sometimes. When the mood strikes. Which isn’t all that often as the inconsistent posts on this blog prove.

So, I’m writing this evening.

I had the pleasure of taking my fifth grade kiddos to a second grade classroom to work with our buddy class on a “creativity project” today. Anytime you mix 11 year olds with 8 year olds, you are going to have a few stories to tell. Here’s my favorite from today.

5th Grader: Hey, do you have a white crayon I can use?

2nd Grader #1: I might have a white crayon or a white marker. I’ll look.

(Me: [THINKING] White MARKER?)

2nd Grader #1: Nope. Don’t have one. I think [2nd grader #2] took it.

2nd Grader #2: Hmm… What did it look like?

2nd Grader #1: It was white

(Me: [THINKING]  No kidding? [TRYING to hold in giggle])

2nd Grader #2: Like this? [pulls out stereotypical white Crayola crayon]

2nd Grader #1: Yes! That’s it.

Me: GOL! (GIGGLE out loud)

😉

If you are an elementary school teacher, YOU get this. If not, be jealous. We get these moments  EVERY day.  Pure joy.

So love my job!

God bless elementary kiddos!

-Mrs. T.G. 🙂

 

 

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