ELA (English - Language Arts) teachers universally dream of a single phrase sprouting, unbidden, from the mouths of their students.
“CAN WE KEEP READING?”
If it’s not a universal dream, it’s at least one of mine.
Anyway, this week, I heard the elusive phrase.
I have certainly heard it before, but generally because I was using a combination of a stopwatch and bribery to get them to push silent reading time just a little bit further.
This week I heard it without candy in my hand. I heard it from sugar crashed children on the day after Halloween. I heard it from high readers, I heard it from low readers. I heard it from the sweetest kids, and from my most precious angels, too.
And my little, burned-out, grinchy, November heart grew 3 sizes.
So for this minor miracle of education, I offer the following belated thank you notes:
Dear Ghost of Ellen Raskin,
Thank you for writing The Westing Game.
Dear Jeff Woodman,
Thank you for the audio recording that I listened to 850,000 times as a child, inspiring my currently brilliant read aloud voices. Although I could use some help on my Scottish accent…
Dear Parental Units,
Thank you for buying me this novel 13 years ago, packing it in my camp luggage, and convincing me that I would find it fascinating.
The ever grateful,
PS: How do I make it last???