Sunday, March 20, 2016

flow achieved {sol 3.20.16}

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On Friday at work, I didn't have time to eat lunch. Some of our staff was out, I had an extra lunch duty, and I was prepping (last minute, of course) for a demo I was doing in 5th grade.

I was to teach Author's Craft. In all my years in the classroom, this isn't something I had ever taught, so I had to read up on it to make sure I sold it well to the kiddos.

I read the session from Lucy Calkin's curriculum and checked out the resources on the Heinemann website. I was good to go. But hungry.

I went up to the room a little early, just to get all my stuff set up. My heart was racing a little. Teaching kids is my thing, but demoing for other teachers always adds and extra edge. I was set up in time to go to the bathroom, so did that, then came back and was just hanging out, smiling, happy.

"She gets so excited for this," one of the coteachers said, smiling in my direction.

It's true. I just love teaching.

The lesson began, and I was very cognizant of the time. As a coach, I wanted to keep this mini-lesson mini. I asked kids if they have ever listened to rap music... "Have you guys ever heard a Jay-Z song and thought how awesome he was playing with words to craft  the best lines ever?"

They smiled, nodding. "That is art. That is also known as Author's Craft."

The lesson was awesome. I forgot I was hungry. I was in a state of flow: feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.

Teaching is my jam. I seriously love it.


  1. I'm glad you had fun demo-ing a lesson!

  2. It's always a great feeling when a lesson goes well, especially if you have colleagues watching!

  3. It's so awesome when things just WORK the way you envision--it makes you feel alive and like you're "winning at teaching." Good job!

  4. Great job! I wish we had a coach to come in and do little mini lessons to help me be better at my craft. Your school is so blessed to have you!

  5. I love it when a plan comes together too. I used to love getting in my teaching jam. Makes me miss those days. Great post. :)


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