The Best Surprises

After second nutrition break today, my students needed to clean out their desks, and when they were done, I gave them some reading time. Two children went to grab an Owly book from the buddy reading area. These wordless picture books are really popular in the class, as the students love telling their own stories.

These two girls surprised me though when they came up to me and asked, “Can we borrow your iPad so that we can record our stories?” What a great idea! I was happy to hand off the iPad, and I’m so glad I did! The students came back to me about 20 minutes later and said, “We did five recordings, but we listened to them, and we like the first one the best. Can you publish it for us?” Absolutely! Below is the link to their auditory story for you to enjoy (external speakers will help with the volume).


Not only did these students think of the perfect tool to use to share their story with an audience, but they listened to their finished works, reflected on what they did, and chose their best work to share too. I’m delighted!

Just when I thought that the day couldn’t get any better, two boys came up to me and asked if they could record their storytelling too. I said that two other students were already using my iPad, to which they replied, “That’s okay. We can just use our Palms instead.” Wow! Seeing this great problem-solving in action was the perfect surprise to end the perfect day!

When have your students surprised and delighted you? I would love to hear your stories too!


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