you matter

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I’ve already blogged about this…but here I go again.  Short and sweet!

Thanks you to Angela Maiers for starting this movement, this revolution, this simple statement that is changing how some people think, do and act.

Oprah Winfrey ended her show after 25 years with this same message.  We all just want to know each day, and we all just want to feel like we matter and be validated (if possible) on a daily basis.

We began our school year with her TED Talk and then I added this idea to my classroom with my 6th-8th graders.  It is simple.  They take an “exit slip” on their way into my classroom (small scratch sheet of paper).  During class they write anything they want about themselves or someone else.  They write something that they noticed about themselves or someone else. They write anything that they noticed that day during class or throughout the day.  They drop the slip into a box on their way out and then we read the slips to begin our class each day.  It take about 2-3 minutes to read and is a great way to start each class period.

As most people know, 6th-8th graders are wonderful little human beings, but with hormones raging and their bodies changing…they can be a bit awkward and don’t really “like” anything ever in my classroom.  They forget their homework, they forget how to speak Spanish, they sometimes forget how to be the sweet, kind wonderful respectful human beings that I know them to be.  BUT the one thing they NEVER forget to do this year, I NEVER REMIND THEM, is to write their exit slip with some bit of information to make some one else feel like they mattered that day.  Its amazing.  They forget many other things, but they never forget to write some kind, thoughtful words on a scratch sheet of paper.

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About weens11

People. People important to you, people unimportant to you cross your life, touch it with love or carelessness and move on. There are people who leave you and you breathe a sigh of relief and wonder why you ever came into contact with them. There are people who leave you and you breathe a sigh of remorse and wonder why they had to go away and leave such a gaping hole. Children leave parents, parent leave friends. Acquaintances move on. Friends love and move on. You think of the many who have moved into your hazy memory. You look on those present and wonder. I believe this is all part of a master plan. People move in and out of our lives, and each leaves his mark on the other. You find you are made up of bits and pieces of all who ever touched your life, and you are more because of it, and you would be less if they had not touched you. So far this is who I know that I am... PS I am a Spanish teacher (lucky enough to teach grade K-8!) living in the Chicago area, married to a handsome, intelligent and loving man, and I enjoy exercising and any thing that makes me laugh or smile!

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  1. This IS a topic worth posting about more than once.
    What an intriguing idea. Do you think the kids took to it because the whole school is taking part? It makes such a difference when you are not the only one trying to implement an idea. Our “word learning” project only took off when the kids experienced it with an adult. Now they teach each other. They had to experience it in order to understand what I wanted to achieve (peer teaching).
    You are so inspiring!

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    • Thanks Naomi for always reading and making me feel as if what I write matters. I’m so glad we are connected! There are a few other teachers implementing the idea in other ways, but not many. I’m not sure why the kids took to it as they did. I’ve never seen them be so consistent. It’s great! They must love the feeling and yes, maybe it has something to do with peer teaching or bonding or something.

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  2. Lauren – YOU matter! You are ever striving to be the best YOU can be, both in and out of the classroom, while simultaneously inviting your students to do the same.

    And it’s official, I’m joining the blogging team…You’ve inspired me one last time…I’m working on it today and will likely need your help with some tweaks on Tuesday, if you’re willing.

    Thank you! XO

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    • Yay! I’m so glad you are going to join me in blogging! I think it will be a good outlet for you to show your thoughts, wisdom and knowledge!! You SHOULD be blogging! Love u love u. Hope
      Your holiday, family time and sweet Bella are good!

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