Teaching is tough. Why? Demands are many and time is limited. What makes it worth it? STUDENTS!!! I challenge myself to read a picture book a day to my class. The good thing is if time restraints press in on us the class will remind me : )Habits are so powerful! They look forward to the class read-aloud, read-to-self time, and even status of the class (telling the class what they are reading). The sharing of these books are their favorite times of the day! We connect all of our learning to the variety of books we share.
Our learning trait this week was EMPATHY, many students had given money for those pummeled by hurricane Harvey, so we talked about how sympathy is feeling bad but empathy prompts you to act on those feelings as Wilfred does in Wilfred Gordan McDonald Partridge, Mem Fox’s adorable book. When this big-hearted little boy hears his friend, age 96, has lost her memory, he attempts to help her regain it. We had read My Fantastic Elastic Brain and one of my students said, “I guess when you get old your hippocampus gets stuck.”
I have had many students return years later and talk about a book I read to their class and how they were moved by it in a big way. No one has ever returned to talk about how much a worksheet impacted his/her life. Lessons in literature abound! Let’s embrace the challenge of sharing powerful books and growing as learners right along with our students!