During February we often read books about love and kindness with our students. These are some of my favourites: Love by Matt de la Pena, My Heart by Corinna Luyken, What is Given from the Heart by Patricia C. McKissack, and Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson. This week, after you read one of your favourites, put on some music and ask students to freewrite to someone.
Instead of the regular type of prompt, use “Dear ______,” and then “I want to tell you…” or “Did you know…?” Remind students that they do not have to share this writing (with the person they are writing to or with you) unless they choose.
Reading the book beforehand, and with music playing, you may find that your writing and that of your students, is a little more raw than usual. Let it be. Go where it leads…
And if you and your students choose to share, appreciate the beauty of the feelings in the room.