Thank you for sharing your friendship, your relationship, with Morrie. I have often described this book to others by comparing it to a roller coaster, because the first time I read it I felt as if I was laughing one moment, then crying the next. I so loved this small powerful book that I wanted to share it with my students, high school boys who are temporarily placed in a residential substance abuse facility. They can be a tough audience to engage, boys who come from difficult backgrounds, most have been in the juvenile justice system, and they are not generally the touchy-feely type. However, Morrie still gets to them. I think they identify with the journey you and Morrie shared, and are encouraged to forge better relationships in their lives.
I am getting older; my dad died three years ago, and , everytime I read this book I miss him and think of all he gave to me. He was the best father anyone could ever hope to have. Many of my students, however, have not been so fortunate, and they need adults for inspiration and advice. I use this book to teach reading, but it is so much more; it is about connecting with wise and caring adults, and all adolescents need to connect, especially those who are abusing drugs.
I've had the opportunity to share it numerous times, and I must confess, I enjoy it more each time. The lessons about being human: dying, living, and being open to yourself and others; this never get old. The Henry Adams quote, “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops,” is true. Morrie lives on. He keeps breaking and my students and me down, layer by layer.
—Arlington Public Schools/Phoenix House, Arlington , VA
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