Today's slice is short, but sweet. Last week was the end of the trimester in our school district, and I have been totally wrapped up with grading final writing pieces. But, as I was grading this weekend, I kept flashing back to the celebration that took place in our classroom last Thursday and Friday. Students published pieces of their choice, and almost every person chose to do a hardback book. There were some that wanted to do spiral binding, and a very few that wanted to watercolor and mount their piece on that.
To honor everyone's wishes, I pulled out the watercolors, stickers, fun scissors, sticker letters, scrapbook paper, and other odds and ends that might work as they put the finishing touches on their bound book. It was so fun to see boys and girls alike digging into the tubs of goodies to decorate their book "just so". And most importantly, they were so proud of their published work.
After this successful attempt at a big publishing, I found myself wondering why we didn't do it more often; it is so simple. I'm not a crafty person at all, but I know I will always have sticker letters, tag board, colorful duct tape, gel pens, scrapbook paper, and fun scissors available so, in the future, writers can publish when they are ready, not when I'm ready.
To wrap up, I'm leaving you with these pictures that tell the story of our celebration:
As always, thanks to Stacey and Ruth at Two Writing Teachers for hosting the Slice of Life Challenge!