When I got to Chipotle to pick up our order, I mentioned that this was a reward for my students and explained the Slice of Life Challenge. The girl at the cashier said "I think we can do something for you..." and went to talk to her manager. To my excitement, she came back and announced, "We'll take care of that for you. We love the schools!" and made all of our burritos/burritos bowls complimentary!
Back at school, my students beamed when I told them that Chipotle had given us the food for free because they had worked so hard! After chatting and giggling over our food for awhile, we discussed the challenge. We celebrated favorite posts, shared our plans for future blogging, and avowed the thill of getting comments.
After we finished eating, I had a special activity based on the reading signs Donalyn Miller has her students make at the end of the year. Armed with bright tagboard and markers, each student made a sign displaying the number of posts she wrote during the challenge.
|These four students blogged for 21 days or more in March!|
|Her writing is small, so here's what it says: "I Love how I can write anytime I want. Even before we start this challenge I loved to write about myself. So when I heard that our classe will start March Challenge I was really excited. I think it really helps my writing skill. I can feel that I'm getting strong! :)" (Lina)|
During the challenge, my students found their voices, their courage, and their potential. Now, they are writers! This is my true gift to them.