If you ask my students their favorite time of the day, they typically will say recess. Who doesn’t love a time of freedom to roam and play outside.
This year, my favorite time is the 15 minutes right after recess and lunch. On my agenda, it reads Quiet Time. Following the suggestion of Responsive Classroom, when we return from recess and lunch, it is a time to just be quiet and settle ourselves. To rest, relax and be ready for our busy afternoon. Kids can read, draw, even use their iPads. They just can’t talk. More and more, I realize I need this time, some quiet. I use it to write the afternoon agenda on the board and to ensure I have all I need for Reading Workshop and Writing Workshop. And I talk to no one. It’s from 12:45-1pm and my next break isn’t until the kids leave at 3:41pm. I have a long afternoon ahead of me these few minutes of quiet is a gift I do not squander!
Process: I really had nothing to write about…I saw on my padlet an idea from Kate Messner’s book, 59 Reasons to Write on pg. 101 – Describe my nighttime routine.
Then I saw this image on facebook:
and I do LOVE having quiet time at the copier and I saw an article called The Busier You Are the More You Need Quiet Time on twitter . It felt like I had my topic. However, with that in mind, I ended up focused on quiet and not my nighttime routine and that took me to my favorite part of my school day and I wrote that…I love how when I write, even when I have ideas, I still am surprised at what appears on the page (screen)! I guess tomorrow will be more about my nighttime routine!