Today we had an author's tea, really it was an author's juice. The third and fourth graders shared their writing with their parents. Students shared in front of the whole group of parents first and then they shared privately.
Each student was eager to be heard as they read their Native American Legends, poems, and slice of life writing. Students were able to share their published writing and their writing in progress.
After we had a little refreshments and shared our thoughts about the tea. I thought to myself as they shared their thoughts...listening is a gift. It is so important to stop and let someone know that what they are saying matters. I am reminded of that today as I think about the smiles on the students and parents faces as each student shared.