Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Tis the Season

You always wonder what students notice and what they think of you. Sometimes they seem so oblivious to anything outside of themselves-especially when they are in middle school. Perhaps the gifts we receive from our students at Christmas or end of the year are a good indication of what they notice. I think that is true of my students, and it delights me. Today we had a wonderfully fun time exchanging Christmas gifts. The kids were really thoughtful in what they got for their classmates and for their teachers.

I received two B&N gift cards, and three students gave me books. Two of the students chose books for my classroom library and a third gave me a beautiful book of photographs of nature accompanied by scripture and quotes. One of my coworkers (who happens to be the mother of one of my students) gave me a copy of the Penguin classic The Complete Writings of Phillis Wheatley, which I have been wanting since our recent field trip to walk the Freedom Trail in Boston (The Old South Meeting House has a wonderful Phillis Wheatley exhibit and program). I also received some chocolates and some coffees and candles. But the books. That touched me so much. I love books and I love to read and the kids get that and it's important to them.

I'm looking forward to some time to read during Christmas vacation.


  1. Enjoy your extra minutes of book time, it is great that your students have learned this about you.

  2. Glad you have been thanked. I hope that isn't outlawed in the environment of school reform.
    Enjoy your simple pleasures during this holiday seaon,