Tomorrow is the last day of school. For this school year. For my kids' third grade year. For me forever (at least as it's been for the last 22 years). Here is some advice, given in a journal response, in their own words (but not their original spelling) my young friends are sending me into the world with:
You should write about when you were little.
Write funny and entertaining books.
Have fun, sleep in.
Write a book about Toby.
Go become a writer.
Always be ready for students.
Read some books from your favorite author.
You should write really long stories for people.
When your book becomes a novel have a good speech ready.
Glue google eyes to the back of your head and watch me. (This from Josh. See previous post.)
Enjoy what you’re doing all the time.
Be careful not to make spelling errors. (Miraculously, there were none in the original response.)
If you are writing a book, you should write it about your last third grade class.
When you’re on Oprah you be minding. (When she read this aloud she said, "When you're on Oprah, remember to wave to the best third grade.")
Whatever you’re writing, keep writing until you think it’s perfect.
Write lots of books.
Don’t go away. Stay here because it is more fun than writing.
Move to fourth grade so I can be your student again.
You should do some books hard and some books easy.
Write what your mind says. Don’t copy.
And this last one, my favorite, from a boy who has been a particular challenge and who often refuses to write anything at all: Pay attention to your story. Think about your old students and always get a good night sleep. And so I shall. With my whole heart.
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