I start off every school day with pure, wide-spread goodness. It is so awesome.
You think I am over-reacting don't you? That's okay, because you don't know the details. Why am I so happy about a school-wide read aloud?
I think it is because I work in a middle school. Do you know how hard it is to impress middle schoolers? With anything? And unfortunately, for the most part, the magic of read-aloud fades away at this level.
There are many reasons for this.
|The Wonder Girls|
And it's magic.
Because so is everyone else.
The story, of course, is great and perfect and powerful. But, I think much of the credit for the success of our particular project goes to the two teachers who are reading to us each morning.
It just so happens that two of the most amazing read-out-loud teachers on the planet work at my school. (pictured)
I am not forgetting the teachers who dutifully follow along with their books in the classrooms. The whole idea would go kaput if they didn't do their part. ELA teachers are using the book in their lessons. The students are listening and following along. It's all so yummy good.
But wait, there's more! There has been almost no complaining. (Again, unprecedented at the middle school level.) The only down side is that it will end soon. Will we go back to normal SSR? How can we? We're all spoiled brats now. I picture teachers and students reading their own books for a minute or two and slamming their book down in disappointment, shaking their heads, wishing for the "storytellers" to re-emerge.
This is probably one of the coolest things I have ever done at school. Ma would be so proud. She would cry if I told her about this. Happy tears. We used to watch Oprah! together and just boo-hoo over all kinds of stuff. Ma would know that Mr. Browne's first precept about choosing kind is from Wayne Dyer whom she loved.
If you've read Wonder you may know the song that August and his dad sing together in the car. "I'm the luckiest guy on the lower east side."
Well, I'm the luckiest girl in the upstate, cause I've got a story and you want to read for a while.