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My thought for the day comes from Bill Martin, quoted by Ralph Fletcher in his book What a Writer Needs. Enjoy.
Squirt. Squirt. Squirt. Guilty. I know I can get stuck in this mode. Anyone else? There's this little thing called time that causes us to commit to practices that don't mesh with our pedagogy, as well as convince us to abandon those we know are worthwhile. That nagging sense of time haunts our thoughts with the long list of what must be accomplished. Thus, instead of inviting our kids into the splash zone, we send a few squirts their way and move on. When we squirt and they squirt back, the kids don't get our best and neither do we get theirs.
While thinking about this Saturday Saying, I was reminded of a post from Lori at Conversations in Literacy about surface level vs. deeper level thinking. The surface level is where the squirting occurs. It's when we take time to get to the splash zone that we get to that deeper level. The kids get our best and we get theirs too. I'd like to hang out there much more this year. Welcome to the splash zone kids.
(Click here to visit Lori's post.)