Thursday, December 11, 2008

Teaching Journal
Day 63, Thursday, December 11, 2008

We had a visitor in one of the classes this morning (a student’s mom), and, for me (and perhaps some of the students) it made the class an extra-special event. Just having a guest sitting in a comfortable chair and sipping hot chocolate while we went about the business of today’s lesson was a delight – an uncommon treat in the middle of a dark, wet day. As usual at this festive time of year, we turned off the overhead lights and worked by the light of the holiday lights strung around the room, which added to the distinctive atmosphere. I felt like my students and I were on stage, performing for an exclusive and appreciative audience of one.
During the quiet reading time in one class, I noticed a girl swinging her foot back and forth as she read. It was a slow, rhythmical motion, and for some reason it made me think of music (possibly because I often listen to background music as I read). Could this, perhaps, be her music, this gentle swaying of her foot as she followed the story on the page?

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