In the midst of Christmas spirit and holiday bustle, we’ve been doing such fun things at school. Concerts, gingerbread houses, Pajama Day, Christmas writing and Christmas projects. These are the things we do every year in preparation for our holiday break. It is a fun, if not crazy, time of year.
Three days ago my students had this writing prompt:
I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed their responses. I opened each of their responses on the SMARTBoard, and oohed and ahhed and thanked them publicly for their “gift.” As an intervention teacher, I don’t typically get many gifts at Christmas time, so this was a very special way for every student to share something with me. The excitement of each student as they waited for me to open their gift (i.e. word document on Edmodo) was touching. My class is very observant and very thoughtful. It’s funny the things they notice.
If I received everything on their shopping list, I would have quite a wonderful and interesting Christmas morning:
All of those gifts are wonderful and I’d enjoy them very much (except the Panda bear might get to be a handful.) But this Christmas I’m asking for things that money cannot buy.
I only have four days left of school. Four of the toughest days of the year.
Never mind the normal chaos of this coming week as kids are too excited to sit and learn. Teachers all over the country have a tough job ahead of them.
After yesterday’s tragedy, we have a whole new wish list.
For the students…please bring them joy and trust. Bring them courage and bring them hope.
For the parents…please bring them comfort and peace. Bring them trust that teachers will do all they can to protect their children while they are apart. Bring them guidance and honesty to help their children deal with fear the best they can.
This week teachers will need patience, peace, calmness, and strength. They will need wisdom and grace. They will need courage and compassion.
Please bring them all of this and more.
Thank you Santa,