I just found a random note that I had written down comments students made as they received and read the
last issue of Studentsxpress. Our students submitted work for the first time, and when we passed out the current issue with their writing, here are some comments I overheard:
“Oh my gosh this is SO AWESOME!”
“OMG OMG OMG I’m IN HERE!!!”
“I’m saving this forever!”
“I can’t believe my writing is _published_!”
The squeals and outward joy were so funny because these are middle school students. They rarely show this excitement! To see their smiles and pride after finding their published work is something I’ll definitely remember. It was one of those teaching moments that we carry with us! Thanks for all your hard work for making these moments possible!