CELEBRATE

In Exploring Inquiry as a Teaching Stance in the Writing Workshop (2006), Katie Wood Ray describes her observations of an inquiry lesson on journalism and op-ed writing.  One of my favorite pieces of this story was Ray's use of the word "celebrate" when describing the teacher and her students' actions after completing their first op-ed pieces.  It was definitely something worth celebrating!!  They had spent so much time working on them, they deserved to relish in their completion before moving on to the next assignment.  So often we hurry on to the next thing, but our students deserve that moment in the sun.