Slice - I finish giving example directions. Students mark their answer. I read the follow up directions and watch some students adjust their answers. I give the examples for working independently and sigh. The language is robotic. We are half way through with another hour and seven minutes to go. I'm bored. I can't look at their responses. I begin to wonder why I didn't do some extend our brain thinking analogies so today's exercises weren't so foreign. I turn around and shoulders go down. I gaze for a moment. I breathe and look outside at the sunshine. That roaring fireplace is still up from our morning meeting and it helped me relax and take my current situation as that. A situation to move through so real learning and joy could happen.
Epilogue - I think it helped my students too. Our morning went smoothly and that's win - win for everyone.
Thank you Two Writing Teachers for fostering this group and maybe move on with things.