Thank you for recognizing educators across this great country. I have taught hundreds first graders over the course of 28 years as a public school teacher. It has been an honor and priviledge to teach all of these children to love reading and become, hopefully, lifetime readers. The past 3 years my challenge has been to implement the Common Core Curriculum complete with excessive and developmentally inappropriate testing. So when I am still able to inspire curioustiy and joy in learning it is particularly rewarding. Here my little snippet. After a lesson on narrative writing two of my little boys came up to me and said, "Mrs. Sawyer when we grow up we are going to be authors. Dan will write about animals and Jack will write about humans." They were so proud. Perhaps they have found their life's work.
—chippewa el., brecksville, OH
I really enjoy my students' reactions to reading "Tuesdays with Morrie," which I have now taught for over ten years. Years later, I still receive "thank you" messages on Facebook from former students for introducing them to this powerful little book. Thank you so much for your friendship with Morrie!
—Kaufman High School, Kaufman, TX
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
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
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:firstname.lastname@example.orgGirls Preparatory School, 205 Island Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37405No Limits. Prepared for Life.
—, Chattanooga, TN