Yesterday, I posted about the idea I was trying to remember for a post when – poof, it disappeared and my thoughts spiraled in retrieving it. (Thanks for the delightful comments everyone. I was chuckling throughout the day.) Today’s post is that idea I finally caught.
On Thursday, I was in Mrs. G’s third grade class being a cheerleader. Yes, a cheerleader. At this time of year, our kids have been writing and exploring and molding stories within writing workshop. We charted all the smart things they had learned throughout the year and in the past. Most have been writing since kindergarten; they’ve got the skills. They just have to believe it! Ruth and I had talked earlier about writing territories, which she posted brilliantly on Two Writing Teachers. The kids got it and I saw their shoulders relax in relief when they realized they could apply what they know the best to any prompt.
One practice prompt I placed up was about having any job at school for the day. I always began modeling my quick write while they started. One kid said, “That’s easy for you, Mrs. G. You already have a job.” I just smiled with a mischievous look in my eye and began.
“Mrs. G, please report to the office. The principal has an important announcement to share with you,” the intercom voice said. My heart did a little flip as my mind began to race. What now? I wondered as I headed for the office. The kids just eyed me as I walked out.
Reaching the door, I took a breath and knocked. Mr. S signaled me in. “Have a seat. I have some news for you.” My eyes stayed peeled on him as I waited for the news.
“A grandmother of a student here called. She said her grandson loves coming to school. He talks about books and reading and Mrs. G. Yes, you. I guess he talks about the books you share so much, she is willing to pay your salary to become the elementary librarian. She is even going to fund the library with $10,000 for new books.” My eyes bugged out at this. I could hardly believe what I was hearing. Mr. S continued, “I’ve already taken the liberty in speaking to the superintendent and board. They’ve okayed it. That is, if you want the job?” Mr. S stopped and looked at me, smiling.
I was stunned. Really? My dreams come true? I can actually read books to kids AND get paid for it? I was shocked for a moment as the reality sunk in. Mr.S politely waited. All I could do was nod yes. A children’s librarian – the best school job ever!!