What was your Monday Moment of Joy??
Mine was in the midst of a crazy day of tornado watches and having to come inside the building (couldn’t be in those oh so sturdy trailers today:). Of course schedules changed and I felt like I wasn’t teaching at all. I felt that all I said was “no you can’t bang on that wall. No, that trash can is not a jungle gym. Nope I know things are different and you don’t do well with changes, but we really are going to do some Math here sitting on the hard floor while we listen to center time in the room on one side of the hall and the computer lab with headphones not working on the other side of the hall.” I was ready to pull my hair out.
But then it came! That joyful moment-I was reading aloud…The character in the book heard a humming noise. The author explained that if vacuum cleaners had been invented back then, the character would have thought that the humming sound was a vacuum cleaner. As I read that, I literally thought “wow-what a great way to show what it sounded like without taking away from the time frame of the story, but no way will I be able to explain that to my kids…”
Right then, one of my students who has a very difficult time with reading comprehension raised his hand excitedly and said “ummm…if vacuum cleaners hadn’t been invented yet, how would he have known what a vacuum cleaner would have sounded like…” Bingo!!! You got it! Let’s have that discussion about author’s craft and how his purpose was to get us, the readers, to understand what the sound was!