On a regular basis, we ask students to write in their journals. Sometimes, we leave the subjects open-ended, and sometimes we're specific. Today (our first day back after a week of Spring Break), it was logical that our students would have plenty to write about, so the writing prompt was, "Write about your Spring Break." Around the room, pencils scribbled away. Ten minutes into the process, I noticed Shelby just sitting there, her paper still blank, pencil in hand.
"I'm thinking right now," she explained, when I asked why her page was still blank.
I replied, "Well, if you can't think about anything from your vacation, just write about what's in your head right now."
Wide-eyed and serious, she replied, "There's nothing in my head right now."
And you probably think she was kidding....
[Sorry. Sometimes, I just can't resist.]