|a student introducing Matthew Cody at our school author visit|
Student #1: Maybe superheroes were already thought of when there were dragons. Maybe people saw the fire-breathing dragons and thought, “Hey, what if humans could do that?” That might have been the first thought of a superpower.
Me: Excuse me. Did you just say, “When there were dragons”?
Student #2: Yeah, like during medieval times.
Yes, this conversation actually happened during my honors language arts class this week. The invention-of-the-superhero discussion was sparked by our upcoming visiting author Matthew Cody’s book: Powerless.
Though witnessing the realization of
way too many
several students that fire-breathing dragons did not actually exist was cause
for panic considering the upcoming state testing that begins next week
amusing, I can’t say it was my favorite superhero conversation of the
Today, in the alternative class I invented, my students begged for independent reading time. I don’t usually spend class time on the independent reading part of reading workshop on Fridays because school-wide we start the day on Fridays with independent reading. I have to admit, this class contains some of the unlikeliest readers, and I was happy to succumb to their request if it meant they would actually engage in something as productive as reading.
my heart was bursting into a victory dance I was
caving in to their request, a student spoke up.
Student X: I figured out your superpower, Mrs. Rush.
Me: Oh yeah? What’s that?
Student X: Getting us to like reading.
Me: I wish I had that superpower! In reality, I work really hard to make that happen.
Student X: You make it look easy. Like you just hand over a book and we fall in love.
Sometimes you have to hold on to the best moments and laugh at the rest.