Saturday, August 6, 2011

Lovin' those love notes!

Today's blog post comes to you in honor of love notes.  Love notes make my world go round!  I save them.  I wonder if my students even know how special some of those notes are to me.  I have had some that make my fridge right along pictures from my nieces.  I keep some of my special love notes in a shoe box and go back and read them every once and a while when I've had a rough day.  They can turn my frown right back around.  Every year I seem to have one love note that turns me into a pile of mushy blubber. 

Last year my best love note came on the last day of school.  I teach in a community where students don't have very literacy rich home environments so I give out books for Christmas and at the end of the year.  At Christmas I am lazy, so I just slap a cute label in the books, but at the end of the year I take the time to write the students all a note.  I give each one the most meaningful compliment I can think of, something that shows I've truly paid attention to them this year.  Well, we always have a half day on the last day of school so I always end up with several bags left for students who don't come.  This year I was smart and decided to give the bags out on the second to last day.  Well one of my students ran in on the last day beaming from ear to ear and gave me a super big hug and a note that she wrote me in response.  The note is in my classroom so I can't quote it verbatim but it said something along the lines of "for you Miss Lee:  You are a good teacher that i ever met in my live."  Then she asked me if I really meant what I said.  Well I gave her a huge hug and said "Of course I meant what I said!  You are smarter than you realize and your energy always makes me smile!"  Well later that day all of the teachers were standing on the corner of the school grounds waiting to wave the buses goodbye she ran up again and gave me the biggest hug and said "Miss Lee, just like you meant what you wrote about me, I meant what I wrote about you."  And I turned into mushy jello.  It was so nice to know the love notes I wrote made my students feel as good as the love notes they make me!

And now, without further ado, a collection of my favorite love notes:

I am particularly fond of the portrait of me in this picture.  It is hands down the best drawing of me EVER!  And I fully intend to make it into a tote bag.

This love note gets points for originality.  And extra brownie points for labeling her diagrams! 

I was amazed by the detail this student put into her drawing.  She was one of my K kids.  Notice my red M___________ Elementary lanyard and she even drew all my earrings.  How come they never put that much detail into their drawings in class!!?!?!?! (I am totally using Jenn's drawing rubric next year!)

And now some of the funny ones! (Not that that one at the top isn't funny, that picture makes me giggle every time.)

This is a picture of me???  I'm thinking my hair must be in a ponytail??  Or perhaps this is what I will look like when I retire?  If so, I make a pretty stinkin cute old person.

I send their name sticks home at the end of the year.  This was the first time I got one back craftified the next day...  He wanted to make sure I remembered him.  Note the torn out page of a book that it is glued to.  A little piece of my teacher heart died.  It's a good thing the funny stick puppet made up for it!

Last but not least:

This is me and Mr. Sessoms (my fiance).  I wish she had done it on paper instead of a dry erase board!  So cute!

I can't wait to make this love note binder for next year!  

On an unrelated note, is anyone else consuming mass amounts of crystal light this summer thanks to these containers?  Is it just me, or does the cherry pomegranate taste like you're drinking cherry jello?

If you blog about your love notes, leave me a comment linking to your post.  I love reading love notes, even if they are not for me!


ONe PiNK FiSH said...

Just stumbled upon your blog and loving it. Looks like it relatively new. I look forward to seeing what else you do with your kinder kiddos. My leanring blog is I work on it off and on, but plan to try to log my plans there this year.

Jennyfer said...

Hi Tammi,
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love the love notes, so cute! It's getting me exciited about going back to school in a few weeks.

ALso thank you for your kind words about kindergarten, I am getting excited and I like the idea of thinking of mini first graders.

For Writing workshop I like Lucy Calkins, although her lessons are long and a little hard to follow, but she offers wonderful ideas. I also like No More I'm Done by Jennifer Jacobsen. Write now you can view her book free on line. If you are interested let me know and I will send you the link.

Have a wonderful school year and keep in touch!


Jennyfer said...

Here is the link to where you can read the book No More I'm Done for free - have fun!

I also wrote up an outline of the book and the lessons on my blog post (I just don't remember which one)


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