"The kids carried the conversational load on that poem for ten minutes."
I love it when that happens!
She goes on to describe how what happened didn't really fit her lesson plans, that she was supervised that day and knew she'd be missing many of the stated objectives. But something important happened there.
If you teach, I hope you have the joy of many such moments, and if you learn, I hope you are part of a miracle such as Ms. Kerr describes. Aren't our best memories of our educations from moments like these?