Next, I invited students to think even more about the power of words:
|(This summer at CAWP, the wonderful Kevin Cordi always told us that words are a gift.)|
- The daily emails and weekly letters that my husband and I sent each other when I lived in Spain.
- When I wrote an article for the TBDBITL game-day newsletter about how much band meant to me, and the editor put it on the front page! For the whole next week, band members were talking about how special it was and how my words made them think and feel.
Next, students got a few minutes to sketch or brainstorm their own special memories, and then we came back together to share as a class. Some highlights (and remember, I teach high schoolers!) were:
- The boy who drew a flower and explained that it represented his mom, who always ends an argument or admonishment by reminding him that she loves him no matter what he does.
- Several students who described how they cherish calls and video-calls to family members back in their countries.
- The shy girl who shared that when she left Japan, her best friend told her to look up at the sky while they're apart, because the same sky covers the whole world.
- The boy who didn't want to share, and then showed me his paper privately. He'd written: "when my mom and dad say they love me."
- The girl who said that when she'd been going through a rough time last year, a friend had told her to not give up, because "strong bends but doesn't break."
You can probably guess the surprise now, but there's more to share, and this post is already too long... Guess you'll have to read more tomorrow!