Day 21: A love note to a book

This March I’m “slicing” a piece of my teaching day every day.11454297503_e27946e4ff_h

Tonight I found a post-it note while I was cleaning up the classroom.

This one must have fallen out of someone’s hand. Or maybe a notebook, perhaps a book.  I thought it would be something meaningless. Something about a sleepover or an “are you mad at me? Check yes or no” exchange in sparkly pink and purple ink. A lot of my kiddos use post-its this way. They are the perfect note passing size.

But this one was all about Melody in Out of My Mind. About the trouble, she held inside. About the friend, she hoped she had in Rose. About how this reader worried for Melody.

There on the ground was a snippet of a reader’s life. I found it under the desk sprinkled with cracker crumbs and kleenex stuffed inside. Near the dropped pen, crayon pieces, and white out spill, the dirt clods and broken pencil was the yellow post it.  An idea that was planted in a young reader’s mind. A thought transformed into writing on a yellow post-it note.

In the aftermath of the day, amid the muck left behind is a love note to a book.

Thank you, Two Writing Teachers for the March Slice of Life Challenge. Find more slices here.

 

 

 

18 thoughts on “Day 21: A love note to a book

  1. Wow. What a powerful thing to find! That a book/character had such a profound impact on a reader that the reader felt compelled to write a note to this book/character is amazing. What a beautiful thing to find amongst the muck left behind. Thanks for sharing!

  2. The power of a post it note to shape our thinking, prompt a memory, and cause a blog post! Yesterday, as they were leaving, one of my second graders had a thought about The Ugly Duckling, “Jot that down on a post it so we remember tomorrow,” she said. I did.

  3. Love how you see beyond this . . . “I found it under the desk sprinkled with cracker crumbs and kleenex stuffed inside. Near the dropped pen, crayon pieces, and white out spill, the dirt clods and broken pencil was the yellow post it.”

  4. Your details were so spot on that I would hesitate to put my hand under that desk. But the note, spoken from the heart about a book character, well worth the reach. A connection made between reader and character. Isn’t that what we hope for every student? Sweet!

  5. With your “teacher eyes” you noticed the most important thing in the room! I like to think of this note as a love note to YOU, for it really reflects the kind of teaching you do and the kind of teacher you are. Love that yellow flower!

  6. Just as so many tell us to look for the little things, it’s good to be reminded how imporatnt they are. Very sweet post, Julieanne.

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