|My first "Slice of Life" story for the SOLS Challenge!|
Music blaring, heavy beat. Pink, purple, and yellow scarves float through the air. Fifth graders laughing, cheering each other on. This is how I spent the last writing class period before the state writing assessment.
I taught these reluctant learners to juggle for a variety of reasons. I wanted them to have a break. I yearned to hear them laugh. I wanted to build comraderie. I wanted to share some fun music with them. I wanted them to know that if they can learn something as challenging as juggling, then they could learn anything.
Above all, I wanted them to see that effort creates ability. I wanted them to see that the degree of their effort was directly proportional to their juggling prowess. We discussed the fact that the same is true in any learning. I could tell some "got it," while others might have been pretending to get it, thinking instead about what was on the lunch menu today. That's okay, though. I considered it a success when I saw how learning to juggle bolstered confidence, created a joyous atmosphere, and made folks smile. It's all good.