Born Ready

“So as you’re reading today remember that we are trying to talk the talk.  We want to use lingo about our topics to be experts,” I said as I skeptically sent my students off to work independently during reading workshop last week.  There had been a lot of blank stares, very little coming from the turn and talks and I felt like I had stumbled over my words a lot.  “We will meet with our reading partners in about 20 minutes to practice taking the talk.”

I tried to put that doubt out of my mind as I went about the workshop.  I made sure to stop by and confer with the kids I thought were the most lost.  I helped them add some sticky notes to their books.  I met with a few more and the 20 minutes seemed to disappear.

Before I knew it I was saying, “Who’s ready to talk the talk and share about their expert topic?”

From the corner of the room I heard a boy shout “I was born ready!”

It took me a moment to fully comprehend what he had said but then burst out laughing.

“Well let’s see what you’ve got,” I said to him with a smirk.  There is always room for improvement tomorrow.  

 

img_3444-2

One thought on “Born Ready

  1. “There had been a lot of blank stares, very little coming from the turn and talks and I felt like I had stumbled over my words a lot.” I hate it when this happens! Your words capture a feeling every single teacher has felt! Somehow, we manage to go on hoping that at least one child got the caught what I failed to throw! This slice has me feeling bad for you in the beginning and laughing right alongside you in the end! True teaching slice! Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: