08 May Slice of Life: What Truly Matters #SOL18
Today I was reading I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal with a second-grade class. As we neared the end of the book, I gave the students an opportunity to talk with their partner about what they thought this book was about. What was Amy’s message to her readers? One reader’s response has caused me to pause, to think, to reread and to consider. She said, “It is about hoping someone understands to appreciate what matters. The things that matter should be what is important and she is wishing them more moments of knowing what matters in life.”
This is really what it all boils down to, isn’t it? What truly matters in life. When I think back on my elementary school years, I remember my teachers. I remember:
Sister Pauline – she delayed the play when I had the chicken pox.
Mrs. Abbott -she gave out Cool Whip pens when she noticed kindness.
Sister Joanne – she read every story I ever wrote (even the ones I wrote at home).
Mrs. K – she introduced me to Anne of Green Gables.
Mrs. Eliott – she planned a fraction party to celebrate new learning.
When I think back to my elementary years, I remember my teachers. I remember small moments and slices of life with them. I remember my interactions with them. As I remember, I realize what my teachers truly taught me. I understand what endures. I know what matters. Each of these memories stays with me because of how it made me feel. One teacher, one child, one moment – this is what truly matters.
We see how hard teachers work every day, often without the needed tools. We see what truly matters every day and want to impact the lives of teachers and students directly, so we are donating all royalties from our latest book, It’s All About the Books, to the Book Love Foundation. Book Love is a nonprofit organization founded by Penny Kittle with one goal: to put books in the hands of teenagers. Our book will now expand that goal and put books into the hands of elementary and middle-grade students as well.
In honor of teacher appreciation week, we will be giving away two copies of our book. Take a moment to share a memory of how a teacher made you feel in the comments below by Friday, May 11. We will use a random number generator to choose a winner. The winner will be announced on our blog on Tuesday, May 15
Thank you to all the teachers we have the privilege to learn with every day. You inspire us, humble us, and truly overwhelm us with your dedication to children and learning.
Clare and Tammy