Let Them Be


It was the easiest decision I made all day, and it actually wasn’t even mine to make.  I was simply asked for my “professional opinion.”  His words came like rapid-fire, the pace that has pervaded most conversations since we finished the spring testing schedule:

So, do we go with the essay today or make the Dr. Seuss bulletin board?

My mind flashes to moments before when I delivered something to the office so that a kid wouldn’t use it to inflict self-harm.




The essays can wait.

Really?  He catches his breath.

Thank you.

I am participating in the 2018 Slice of Life Story Challenge hosted by Two Writing Teachers.  We write each day in March as part of an international writing community.  I appreciate any comments, especially those thatslice of life challenge

  • reinforce writing decisions that work and
  • coach into those that don’t.

Think of each comment you leave as a little writing conference we are having together. Come on, make me a better writer today! Thank you!

5 Comments Add yours

  1. paulabourque says:

    Hey Morgan, welcome to #SOL18 Your post has me wondering so much about this situation and the student in crisis. So many decisions we make each day as teachers- sounds like you had a satisfying clarity in this one!


  2. jennieb says:

    I also love your note at the end about having a small writing conference!


  3. Adrienne says:

    Oh, how I laughed! That might be your best career decision of all time.


  4. Dr. Seuss always wins! Great decision!


  5. carolmcbroom says:

    That decision was your way of giving that sweet thing a hug. Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

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