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January 25, 2011

The bell rings at 8:40am as my pulse quickens.  Voices mix with the noises of pounding feet to fill the hallway with the din of arrival.  Students storm past my doorway:

Why are you walkin so fast?

Did you do that math homework?

You sat by WHO on the bus?!

Mrs. Smith isn’t here today!!  PARTY!!!

Teachers interrupt conversations:

Tuck in your shirt, please.

Take your hood off, sir.


The stampede ends as quickly as it began.  Students are safely tucked inside the cafeteria eating breakfast for a few more minutes.  Teachers retreat to their classrooms to cherish the final minutes before this stampede occurs in reverse, ending in classrooms jammed with eager students.

Note: This is part of the Slice of Life Story challenge hosted by Two Writing Teachers.  Head on over there to find other teachers writing to improve their craft, as well as great ideas about teaching writing.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. jee young permalink
    January 25, 2011 8:18 am

    I love the dialogue you included! I can totally imagine the scene in a school in the morning.

  2. January 25, 2011 9:43 am

    There’s nothing better than that writing in the moment. You share everything around you.
    THanks Ashley,

  3. January 25, 2011 10:47 am

    I love that morning hulabaloo!

  4. January 25, 2011 1:35 pm

    Funny, I didn’t notice you in the halls of my middle school, yet you captured it perfectly!! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  5. January 25, 2011 3:38 pm

    I also love how you made this post visual. That really worked for me!

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