A Celebration of Teaching 13/31 #SOL16

The March Slice of Life Story Challenge
31 Days of Writing!
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“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”

-Henry Adams

A Celebration of Teaching

My dear friend and colleague, Linda, is retiring this year.  Linda has been teaching for over 25 years – teaching kindergarten, first, and second grades.  Linda is one of those teachers that will be at the top of her students’ favorite teacher list forever.  The love and compassion for her students and their families, her work ethic and her desire to be the best teacher she can be, her commitment to the teaching profession, her dedication to her school and school community, her patience and high expectation for student learning, and her passion for literacy and books (she has thousands!) are qualities that all teachers should strive for.

Linda has affected the lives of many – her influence will go on and on.  She has instilled the love of reading and books in her students and has inspired them to love learning. Linda, you have always been the brightest John Jay Star in the sky, shining the way for us all!

“Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning.”

-John Robert Meehan

Will They Remember to Read? #SOL15

Slice of Life
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Every year it’s the same.

This summer reading panic.

We notice how many days are left; there are still so many more books to read, so much to learn.

How many days are left to fill up their reading, writing, thinking brains?

We hope we’ve done enough because summer is coming…

But, will they remember to read?

We want them to find those cozy summer reading spots.

We want them to make time for those reading moments.

Will someone read aloud to them?

Will someone listen to them practice their reading?

Will someone talk with them about their thinking?

But, will they remember to read?

We’re telling them how important it is to keep reading, and writing, and thinking – all summer long.

We want them to continue their learning journey.

We’re encouraging them to visit the library.

We want them to get lost in lots of books and read the summer away.

So, we’ve started gathering books…

But, will they remember to read?

They’ll read.  They’ll write.  They’ll think.
And we’ll trust that we’ve done enough.
They’ll remember.