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Slice of Life: We Wish You More #SOL17

Amy Krouse Rosenthal has been on my mind since March.  Since our last post about her, I have been using her book, I Wish You More, as a mentor text in many of my professional development sessions.  I find a way to work it in – to let Amy’s legacy live on.  I offer teachers time to reflect and think the big idea in this book or use it as a scaffold for their own writing.  What would you do with more?  We all want more, but have we slowed down to consider what we would do with more.

As teachers write during these sessions, I too think about my wishes for more.  I used Amy’s inspiration and scaffold to think about my wishes.  As I look over the wishes I collected over these past weeks, I realize they are mostly focused on teachers.  What I wish for them, for students, for schools, for all of us in the field of education.

As this school year ends… remember all that you do, the impact you make, the inspiration you are to your students.  Tammy and I thank you (teachers virtual and actual) for learning with us, guiding us and energizing us –we wish you more!

We Wish You More…

We wish you more space than pace

We wish you more laughter than worry

We wish you more playfulness than worksheets

We wish you more book clubs than benchmarks

We wish you more process than products

We wish you more “I love it” than levels

We wish you more listening than talking

We wish you more purpose than plans

We wish you more passion than skills

We wish you more depth than breadth

We wish you more dispositions than rules

We wish you more questions than answers

We wish you more first day jitters than exhaustion

We wish you more lifelong learning than targets

We wish you more messy-moments than perfect lessons


We wish all of this for you,

because in the life of a child you are everything they could wish for…

and more.


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    Deb Pelle
    Posted at 09:51h, 23 May Reply

    Your slices as such a gift! I wish you more slices than stars!

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    Posted at 09:55h, 23 May Reply

    Thank you so much for this, Clare! This is such a beautiful extension of one of my favorite books. ❤️ It is the perfect way to start my day!

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    Posted at 11:24h, 23 May Reply

    Thank you for always being there to guide and inspire. “I wish all of this for you…” ❤

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    Christine Baldiga
    Posted at 12:08h, 23 May Reply

    Thank you for these words and for your inspiration so early in the morning. This book is so wonderful – I gifted it to my granddaughter on the occasion of her first birthday!

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    lynne dorfman
    Posted at 13:31h, 23 May Reply

    Always so inspirational – and I love Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Her newest book – On the Spot: Countless Funny Stories is out May 30th.

    Clare, this piece is beautiful. Is there a place for this poem in the front matter or back matter of your new book? It is so perfect – I really think it should be included with a little author note (and a nod to Amy Krouse Rosenthal).

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    Rose Cappelli
    Posted at 15:07h, 23 May Reply

    I wish you more hearts that are open than minds that are closed. Thank you for these wonderful thoughts. I am beginning to sketch out my presentation for NCTE and I plan to use AMR’s book to get teachers writing. I think it’s a great scaffold for that.

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    Lisa C
    Posted at 20:46h, 23 May Reply

    That’s a beautiful poem! You’re wish for more messy than perfect lessons has been granted in my class this year. 🙂 In return, I wish you more wonderings than answers.

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    Mandy Robek
    Posted at 02:54h, 24 May Reply

    AMAZING! I’m so glad I came and found this tonight on the eve of the last day of school. How thoughtful. I plan on reading this book tomorrow to my students and shared some tidbits from the book with parents. I actually read it to them on Curriculum Night to help connect with them. I love how you used it to make a mentor text, thank you.

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    KevinHodgson (@dogtrax)
    Posted at 19:14h, 25 May Reply

    Anything that channels Amy is worth reading, and this is a gem.

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    Susan Kennedy
    Posted at 23:43h, 30 May Reply

    I wish you more linger than rush.

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