Wednesday, March 12, 2014

March Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 12 of 31 / A Letter

A Letter

As someone who comes into classrooms to offer support, I don't have the same relationship with the kids as a classroom teacher. I often miss that connection, that day to day relationship and that sense of being the one that the kids look to first for guidance and management.

I was pleasantly surprised when I walked into one of the classrooms I support and a second-grader came running up to me to show me the letter she had written. It was addressed to me. The letter is a review of a book in The Magic Tree House Series. The review itself is lovely, well-structured and well-evidenced. A fine piece of work from an English Language Learner who entered first grade last year not really reading or writing in English.

But here is the part that melted my heart:

Dear Mrs. Cockerille,
In the Magic Tree House Series, Morgan is very nice to a lot people in the story, especially Jack and Annie, and she reminds me of you because she helps Jack and Annie and leads them to safety. She is kind and helpful. Just like you. Morgan helps them get better on their missions and you help the school to get better at reading and writing. 

I thanked this student and complimented her review. Of course, I was thanking her for the compliment. But even more than that, I was thanking her for reminding me that we never know fully how our work affects students. Even if we feel the role we play is small, for some students, it just may be huge.


  1. The line "Just like you." made me tear up. What a beautiful letter. I hope it is on your fridge.

  2. Anna, I have loved your blog. You have a powerful voice and your message whether you are talking about school or the subway or a delightful Sunday afternoon has a message that I find important for me to read. Thank you.

  3. Your work sure does matter, Anna! I'm so glad she gave you this note as a reminder of how kind and helpful you are too. :)

  4. Awww… you really are just like Morgan! xoxoxo

  5. Such a good reminder. I'm so glad this student decided to express her gratitude.