Wednesday, October 01, 2008


I have a very special friend this year. He makes me smile constantly. If the phenomenal special education teacher I work with and I stand on opposite sides of him he pulls us in a hug bear hug and talks about how he loves us. Every morning he greets me with, "Good see you this morning." (That's not a typo, that's how he says it.) Today he prefaced that with, "That's a nice dress that." He's also the one that will look at me sometimes and say, "You're doing a good job." It's surprisingly reassuring and validating.

This afternoon I read Mo Willems' Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late to the class. If you've never read it, go grab a copy ASAP. It's brilliant. As I read, he repeated everything. He was sitting on the other side of the room on his own, but he repeated the words quite clearly. I would read, "I have a great idea! We could count the stars." About halfway through that bit you would hear, "I have a great idea! We could count the stars." with the exact same inflection and everything. I had a lot of trouble continuing reading to the class. It is a testament to Mo Willems that the rest of my class did not seem distracted by it at all.


Techmuse said...

I hope you will invite me to come visit your classroom--I'd love to bring my camera some day and capture all of your personalities. Thanks for sharing--your blog is one of the highlights of my day.


Snippety Gibbet said...

I can totally relate to feeling validated by the student telling you what a good job you're doing. A fourth grader told me today that he missed working with me this year. It made my day, that's for sure.

So much chat about the new pigeon book this week. Guess I'm off to Amazon to order one for the Granddaughter.

organized chaos said...

I totally missed him repeating the story... I was still engaged by the awesome story-intro. I can't believe I couldn't hear him. maybe it's for the best... I would have cracked up.

Ms. Longhorn said...

Validation by students is the A#1 reason I stay in teaching.. all it takes is one :)

damned_cat said...

Mo Willems is fantastic!