Tuesday, January 13, 2015

On the News


Thank you to Stacey, Betsy, Dana, Tara, Beth, & Anna for this amazing platform to write and share writing! What a wonderful community you've created! I'm honored to be part of it. Join us at Two Writing Teachers.

Snow day number three today...my phone rang about noon. It was my assistant principal asking me if my students were getting any work done during the snow days. We chatted and I told him that I have a bunch of students blogging and working on their independent writing projects and even more are reading! I asked why he wanted to know. It turns out the public information officer had contacted him and with my permission, he would be contacting me. Sure!! I love when my students get authentic audience beyond me. I emailed links to a bunch of blogs and waited for the next call. 

Fifteen minutes later the phone rang again but this time it was a television news reporter from the ABC station in Washington DC, Suzanne Kennedy. Huh? She wanted to interview one of my students. After getting all of the permissions in place, I passed along a name and phone number and then I waited. 

Five o'clock arrived. The story was supposed to lead off the news...except there was a mysterious smoke problem with the Metro. I worried that our story got bumped off tonight's news...until 5:19, when I heard the reporter start talking about our county.

Then I saw Minahil! There she was...on the screen... 

What was on the screen?!?! What was she typing?!?! Take a look...

Writing her slice of life, while living it! I love that her blogging got her on the news tonight! It makes me so happy that during the filming, she showed the reporter her slice of life! Slicing has become part of their writing lives...even on snow days! Way to go, Minahil!


20 comments:

  1. Wow
    That is so awesome! Yeah for her. Yeah for you. Yeah for Slice of Life.
    Kevin

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  2. You must be so proud of your student!!! What a great mentor they have in you who inspires them to keep writing when many others might still be sleeping!

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  3. So awesome!! I love that your student spent time on her snow day writing. Yay!!

    Jennifer

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  4. Wow! You are famous! How wonderful that the teaching you are doing is being honored and recognized. Sit up a little prouder today!

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  5. That is amazing. I love it! And really, those of us that deal with snow days can benefit from connecting with our students in digital writing. Great work Michelle! Simply awesome!

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  6. Michelle, it is so exciting for your students and you to be recognized for your beyond-the-classroom collaboration leading to increased learning. Keep on blogging!

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  7. Wow! Now that is great reporting! About time the media looks at the good in education. Bravo for Minah!!

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  8. I'm sharing with my students!! They will be so impressed.

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  9. Oh my goodness! That is so great! You have to be so proud of her and this gave me goosebumps. So great!

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  10. This is fantastic! Congratulations to your student and to you.

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  11. FANTASTIC!!! Congratulations to both of you.

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  12. Wow! Writing and learning as lifework in action!

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  13. Michelle, this is so wonderful! I'm so proud of that student and of you! Amazing!!

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  14. What a great slice for you and for Minahil! Just awesome!

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  15. That is too cool! This is what news needs to report on, the awesome work teachers and students are doing.

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  16. Michelle, I was so excited for you just reading your post. I can hardly imagine how you must feel! Kudos to you and your students!

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  17. Oh Michelle, I can hear the joy in your words. This is so awesome. I can't wait to share with my students! Congratulations for your persistence and bringing this to your students!

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  18. This is so cool! Learning is taking so many different turns...(no OLW pun intended!) Many schools are thinking outside the box when it comes to snow days.

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  19. Congratulations, Michellel! I'm so happy that you and Minahil got this well-deserved recognition for your hard work!

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