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Slice of Life: A Reader Reminds Me… #SOL18

Did you mean it?


That you will never read or think about the book the same way again.  That you will always think of me when you read it.

I flash back to four classrooms prior and remember my demonstration lesson with his class. His perspective on a book was one I never heard before.  I remember telling him that I had read this book with thousands of kids over the years and had never heard this perspective – his perspective.  I told him he changed me.  I told him taught me.  I told him I would never read that book again without thinking of him.

Yes, I did mean it.  Why?

He looks up and meets my gaze.

It’s just really cool.  That’s all.  It’s really cool.

And he walks away, just like that.


Six-word story:

It is all about the books.


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    Tamara Jaimes
    Posted at 10:40h, 29 March Reply

    I agree with him; it is really cool. This slice tells so many stories. About really listening to kids. About being open-minded. About how learning works. About synergy, and agency, about how books need readers. By including fewer details, you’ve made it universal. I need to reflect on how that works. What is the craft move?
    On the other hand, although I understand why it doesn’t matter, why it’s more powerful without knowing, I still want to know what the book was and what he said. What book have you read with thousands of kids?

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    Diane Dougherty
    Posted at 10:43h, 29 March Reply

    “It’s just really cool. That’s all.. It’s really cool.”
    We never know what matters to another person. “It is all about the books” but it’s also about acknowledging the influence of others.
    Six words: Tell people when they influence you.
    So glad you did!

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    Melanie Meehan
    Posted at 11:12h, 29 March Reply

    Books are really cool. Really cool. (Six word response)

    Longer response: I want to know what the book was and what he said about it!

    More important response: Kids remember how we made them feel and not so much what we taught them or what we said. I suspect he’ll remember you for a long, long time.

    Another 6 word response: You made someone feel important, Success.

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    Peg Bruno
    Posted at 12:17h, 29 March Reply

    Isn’t it amazing what a child holds on to from what we say? I think this moment is just beautiful and a reminder that all we say to children is taken in. There may not be a reaction… immediate or otherwise, but it is always so meaningful

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    Posted at 13:04h, 29 March Reply

    I’m with Melanie. I want to know what the book is and what the response was. Love books. Love listening to what students think. You listen and respond to students so carefully and thoughtfully!

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    Kim K.
    Posted at 15:36h, 29 March Reply

    Ahhhh… sweet planting of a seed. We never know what seeds are going to stick when we scatter them about. I love that this one stuck and he is going to remember that connection and hopefully foster it to grow into something. The power of book is like no other, except maybe the power of the connection to that book.

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    Lynne Dorfman
    Posted at 16:02h, 29 March Reply

    When we give our students a genuine nugget like this, they carry it with them and it changes them, too. It is so amazing when students share their thinking with us in ways that startle us, get us to think differently, realize that maybe they are on to something we’ve missed. I’m with Fran and Melanie. What is the title of the book? Thanks for sharing this sweet story. Love the six word story you included here as well!

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    Michelle Nero
    Posted at 17:35h, 29 March Reply

    It is all about the books … and the readers that come together to share their ideas and thinking. Love how you made this kid’s day — and future with books!

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    Glenda M. Funk
    Posted at 22:43h, 29 March Reply

    There are books I find hard to teach after sharing the book w/ a special class, others I connect to certain readers. It’s interesting to think about how these moments effect our reading.

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    Karen Terlecky
    Posted at 22:55h, 29 March Reply

    That ability to connect with students, and for them to know they see possibilities in a book we never thought of – what a gift reading gives us!! (my 6 word story 😉 )

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    Deb Frazier
    Posted at 23:20h, 29 March Reply

    Isn’t an honor when kids show us how we have left an imprint on them?
    Isn’t is shocking? Students have no idea how much they imprint us.

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    Colleen Flathers
    Posted at 02:51h, 30 March Reply

    I love it when kids see a different side of a book.

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