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Every morning my first grade students write about things that interest them. On Friday they chose if they were a superhero.Many wanted to fly, some wanted to defeat the bad guys and others had many super powers. One little girl even said she would be "a fashion super hero and defeat the bad guys with style!" The one that touched my heart was I would be a super hero that would make the world a better place. I told them you don't have to be a super hero to do that, just help others and you make yourself become  a hero. Thanks for the inspiration through your books and by being example! These kids learn they can make the world a better place with the difficult life style they live with every day by reaching out to others and writing. You are welcomed to come to my class ANY day to inspire my writers, especially during Reading Month!!

Early Childhood Elementary, Hamtramck, MI

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Every morning my first grade students write about things that interest them. On Friday they chose if they were a superhero.Many wanted to fly, some wanted to defeat the bad guys and others had many super powers. One little girl even said she would be "a fashion super hero and defeat the bad guys with style!" The one that touched my heart was I would be a super hero that would make the world a better place. I told them you don't have to be a super hero to do that, just help others and you make yourself become  a hero. Thanks for the inspiration through your books and by being example! These kids learn they can make the world a better place with the difficult life style they live with every day by reaching out to others and writing. You are welcomed to come to my class ANY day to inspire my writers, especially during Reading Month!!

Early Childhood Elementary, Hamtramck, MI

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Finished reading "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" last week. Been teaching 32 years but have never taught this book. Asked the kids if I should keep it as part of the curriculum for future.  Resounding YES from the class.  

Mr. Albom...if you are ever in the Mayo Clinic area, let me know if you would like to address my class.  Consider this a standing invitation :) 

My classroom, Adams, MN

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Dear Mr. Albom,

      After three classes discussing The Time Keeper with my eighth grade English students this week, I am more convinced than ever of the truth of its themes.  I am a 37-year-old English teacher at Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, but until a year ago, I was a lawyer working hundred-hour weeks in Manhattan.  Now I’m using my life, my limited and precious time, in a far more gratifying manner--this week that happens to be teaching your book.  The Time Keeper was the only required reading this summer, and the girls are relating to Sarah, finding morbid fascination with cryonics and learning alongside Dor.        While discussing authorial intent (a simpler version of a new criticism discussion), I showed a clip of a video interview you did while promoting the book.  Several of the girls piped up—“Oh, we’ve seen him,” and proceeded to tell the class about billboards advertising your trip to Chattanooga this fall.  “Wouldn’t it be so cool,” said one of the girls, “if he could come talk with to us about the book?”  Before I could agree, many voices jumped in insisting you were too busy, too famous.  And the student whose idea it had been backed down immediately saying, “Yeah, I guess he wouldn’t come.”   How can you end there?  It seemed like a teachable moment .  I told them we don’t know whether he’ll come unless we ask him.       So I’m asking.  
       When you visit Chattanooga on Friday November 7, 2014 for the Holiday Hearts hospice benefit, would you please also come visit with seventy-nine 13-year-old girls who have gained a lot from reading your work and who would gain even more from getting to discuss it with the author?  Girls Preparatory School is a five-minute drive from the convention center where your evening event will take place.  School funds are tight, and I suspect there is little or no honorarium to offer you, though I will certainly go to the administration to ask if you are amenable to visiting.  We would of course accommodate your preferred format: round table discussion, book reading, informal question and answer or prepared remarks.       The girls may well be correct that you are too busy, but what a transformative event it would be for them if you are willing.  These girls are curious, open-hearted, engaged, engaging and earnest.  If your schedule cannot permit it, I understand.  But if you make the visit, rest assured, you will not regret it.        Thank you for writing The Time Keeper.  And thank you for considering a visit to The Girls Preparatory School to discuss your book with your readers on November 7th. Warm Regards, Amy Piper​   

     Below is a link to The Girls Preparatory School so you may learn more about us if you like:

http://www.gps.edu  Amy G. Piper8th Grade EnglishOffice: 423-634-5427Email:apiper@gps.eduwww.gps.eduGirls Preparatory School, 205 Island Ave., Chattanooga, TN  37405No Limits. Prepared for Life. 

, Chattanooga, TN

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Mitch

 

First of all, I want to tell you that my English is not the best, I live in Venezuela and I speak Spanish; I hope you can understand without difficulty.

It all started with me going to a bookstore in search of a new reading material, usually do this as often as possible because I love reading. I wandered around the shelves and when I already gave up seeing nothing of my taste, between two really thick books was "Tuesday with Morrie" by inmediado the title it reminded me of my art teacher without reading the cover I decided to buy it. I must confess that I regretted after reading some exterior way home, I thought it was a more self-help book, but I remember feeling that I created for my "old professor" impuls me to read it. I have at least 2 years without talking to my teacher.

 

I get home and I finally dared to open the book and start reading it, I was surprised how similar my teacher has Morrie, while the two are very different; I created each page a different feeling. I'm young, 18years, my teacher has at least about 62 years, and half of the book the fear of losing flooded me and I get to call him on his cell phone, thank God heard me, they would have not done if he did. We talked a long time and we will be back on Friday, Thanks for that.

 

Morrie captivated me as a person, died a few months before my birth and I find it a charming person with an amazing spirit, I promised myself to visit his grave one day and thank you for the feeling that caused me. Thank you for your last thesis together, has been of great help to my spirit, has made me realize that I slowly is conducting myself the way by which you were going, seeking only money, work and drowning in routine days , Thanks to you and me the coach is not late enough to ask, like you, that happened to me?.

 

My intention in writing this is not your book alagar or alagarte you. Alago the person was Morrie and what it means to me now, although I met him, in my thought now took his teachings in me and I plan to keep them cool during my college career (psychology) and every day from waking to sleep.

 

Finally, Mitch, mingling between those lines I find it incredibly easy to find people like Morrie captivates me today, and I really hope to be so old.

 

Thanks Mitch

- With Morrie

 

 

With Honey and much Gratitude, Maria Rodriguez, Student of Psychology, Venezuela

June 8, 2014

Aragua - Venezuela, ,

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Dear Treasured Educators

I want to thank you for all you do for our young students. As you may know, I was lucky enough to share a special relationship with a wonderful teacher, Morrie Schwartz, and it literally changed my life. Thanks to educators like you, future generations will have their lives shaped and changed. And I am honored that in doing so, some of you are sharing the lessons of my old professor as well.

As I've travelled across the country, I've been delighted to learn of the many high schools, junior high schools, religious schools and universities that are using my books as teaching tools. I'm incredibly flattered and humbled by this and I encourage you to write about your experiences with my books in the classroom by submitting a classroom story to the Teacher's Corner section. I love receiving mail from classes like yours, and knowing that my old teacher is still, in his way, teaching; this website section is just a small way I can share these wonderful stories with the world.

Warm regards,

Mitch Albom


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