My small group of nine students were finishing up making a twelve inch ruler using a sentence strip and colored tiles. We were focusing on the words unit, inch, and hashmark. We carefully numbered our ruler discussing the placement of 0 and 12. My student teacher had the rest of the class working at a bit faster pace on measuring and creating inch rulers. The room had a good hum. I was happy we planned different things based on the needs we saw. I never expected what happened next.
Across from me at the table sat C. She looked up from her work and her brown hair had a little bounce as she smiled ear to ear. I quickly thought, she looks so happy when she said, "I love math!" with an even better grin. I had to stay strong and prevent some tears that wanted to surface. C didn't like math when school started. C takes time to think as a mathematician. C has to work hard some times during math workshop.
As we were transitioning from math workshop I sent an email to her parents with the subject - C said... and thought wouldn't it be great to listen in more and send more emails with that subject. As a parent, I'd love to get that!
Thank you Two Writing Teachers for fostering this writing community.