Tuesday, March 1, 2011

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.

1 comment:

  1. What a great way to wrap up hard work. They deserved the laughter and music, so did you!