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I’m sitting in my classroom, surrounded by writers.  These young people are working silently, with varying degrees of seriousness, on their own word art.  Most are writing short stories (some fantasy, some historical fiction, some fan fic), but one or two experiments with poetry.  I love this first period of the day.  I don’t have to plan much.  They just want to write.  And what’s even better is that I don’t have to grade any of it.  This Success class carries no grade, so I can just enjoy the students.  I can enjoy the silence.  I can write, too, sometimes.

My students are almost always on task.  Only occasionally do I have to redirect them, or tell them I want more writing and less talking.  They confer quietly with friends, whispering questions and advice.  Really, I don’t have to do much of anything.  I like this a lot.  I wish this could work in a regular class.  (Nancie Atwell insists it does, but I’m skeptical.)

I get time to write, too.

But what do I want to say?


About Karen Koch

I like the old-fashioned lifestyle. All this new-fangled stuff baffles me sometimes. I cherish living out in the country, raising chickens and rabbits, planting fruit trees, and enjoying a slow life filled with beautiful words and ideas. I don't always achieve a slow life. I teach middle school English and manage a little burgeoning farm with my husband, and somewhere in the midst of that, I try to find time for writing, running, knitting, reading, and playing the ukulele. And sometimes, I actually succeed.

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