Scene 1: Tuesday, August 26, 8:47 am
ME: When you finish your book, you let me know with a huge grin on your face, because you’re so excited you have just read an amazing book, and I smile so big, and we all give you a round of applause and I take your picture to document this incredible moment.
READING LAB-ERS: (groans)
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Scene 2: Tuesday, September 2, 8:31 am
RAYONIE (whispered, monotone): Ms. Spitz, I finished my book.
ME (super loud excited whisper): What?!?!?! You did?!?! Already?!?!? That’s so awesome! Did you like it? How do you feel?!?! (Turns to class) Guys (loud excited non-whisper directed at rest of class), I have a huge announcement. Rayonie finished her book!!! Isn’t that awesome? Let’s all give her a huge round of applause!
READING LAB-ERS: (Silence. Complete, utter, teenage-angsty, SILENCE.)
ME: Guys. I said, Rayonie finished her book!!!! Let’s give her a huge round of applause!!
READING LAB-ERS: (Awkward clapping)
ME: Rayonie hon, come over here so I can get your picture with your book!
RAYONIE: Do I have to take a picture? I don’t want to.
ME: Yes!!! This is so exciting and your old teacher wants to remember this day! Please just smile that incredible smile with your book! I promise you’ll thank me later.
RAYONIE: (whispers) Fine.
Here is the picture of Rayonie on that first “celebration” of her finishing her book.
Here is the picture of the gymnast who’s “not impressed” face went viral.
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Scene 3: Monday, November 17, 7:52 am (40 minutes before First Period)
RAYONIE (entering room 210 with biggest smile on her face): Ms. Spitz! Guess what?!?! I finished TWO BOOKS THIS WEEKEND!!!!
ME: WAIT? WHAT? I JUST GAVE YOU THAT BOOK! HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?!?!!
RAYONIE: I just stayed in my room this weekend and read.
ME: THAT’S IT! IT’S OFFICIAL!! YOU ARE INCREDIBLE! I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!!! LOOK AT YOU, YOU READER YOU!!! (I’d like to think I said something a little more articulate, but I think I was too excited to do that.)
RAYONIE: Should I take a picture with both of the books?
ME (trying to play it cool and not FREAK OUT that she just initiated the photo herself): Sure!!! That would be fantastic!!!
Here is Rayonie on the 10th book-completion celebration:
ME: “Guys, I have a huge announcement. Rayonie finished not one but two books this weekend!! Isn’t that awesome? Let’s all give her a huge round of applause!!
READING LAB-ERS: (Elated cheering, clapping, and Woo hoo-ing!)
Here is a picture of the 1999 Women’s World Cup Soccer Team the moment they won the World Cup.