Day 30: The beauty of the end

There is this in-between time when students have finished one test but have more testing to do, that’s uncomfortable. They need to recover and there is not much to do. We’re in a holding pattern till the next test.  I want to let them go and play. And I did that as best I could with read aloud.

We’re at the end of The Wild Robot, and they’re captivated. Begging for one more chapter.  It’s that rush you get at the end of a book. The anticipation of the end is killing you, and we feel it as a community. It’s the best feeling times 30.

I’m holding them off. I want to squeeze and stretch it out. I want students to enjoy the drama of the story. The cliffhanger and emotional moments have students gasping and teary-eyed. Yes, I’m milking it. “Why do teachers always stop at the good part,” I hear one student stay when I close the book for the day.

For them, Roz is real. She’s a loving mother. Who selflessly protects her son. That is the power of story. Words that can bring an imaginary robot to life for a room of squirmy fifth graders.

The ending of any story is a reflection opportunity. We have gone on a journey that’s had it’s ups and downs. Tears and laughs. The end must leave us with a satisfied sense of learning, of self, of the world.

Day 30 of the Slice of Life March Challenge has that end of book feeling. We have been rushing to see what is next and now that we are just a page away from the end, we hesitate and take the journey in.

I fear, this month,  I have traveled the road too quickly, missing so much in the day to day rush. That said, it’s been a joyous journey. Thank you, Two Writing Teachers for the amazing journey offered by the March Slice of Life Challenge. Thanks to all.

13 thoughts on “Day 30: The beauty of the end

  1. This is my first journey down this path and, I agree with you. I did a lot of “doing” with this project and, while it was so worthwhile, I didn’t sit with it. I didn’t marinate in this experience as much as I would have liked to, if that makes sense. Goals as I continue to move forward, I guess! Thank you for sharing yourself and your time with me this month. I am grateful.

  2. I really like your analogy to the end-of-a-book feeling in your classroom. I would add, however, that we are experiencing less anticipation for the ending…which we already know…and perhaps more acceptance that it’s going to end. For me it was kinda’ like the month whizzed by, while the days seemed to whiz by as well. It seemed like it was always time to write another Slice! Thank you for sharing a Slice of each day in your classroom. That was a noble effort!

  3. Your words resonate with me: “I fear, this month, I have traveled the road too quickly, missing so much in the day to day rush. That said, it’s been a joyous journey.” I have been thinking I need to return to some days in the weeks ahead to visit with some I didn’t have time for. So much fun. So much learning. So much inspiration!

  4. Well, you’ve not only made me want to get to The Wild Robot soon, but made me love that you showed that connection between the ending of a book–wanting it, not wanting it–and the March challenge. Well done!

  5. You are exactly right, Julieanne. “Day 30 of the Slice of Life March Challenge has that end of book feeling.” I confess I have a little relief mixed in, but am thankful that Tuesday is right around the corner!

  6. I feel some relief too. So busy with all of this writing. I missed having some time to really spend time reading other posts. The month seemed to fly. Love that end of book feeling!

  7. So much to love here . . .
    Lingering and drawing out that Read Aloud . . . savoring
    Day 30 of the SOLSC . . . . end of book feeling

    Maybe this was meant to be the PAUSE before hitting RESET and the fast and furious finish! ❤

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