A few days ago, I blogged about my experience using Steve Wyborney's math routines with my fourth graders. His "SPLAT" presentations and newer "Esti-Mysteries" are amazing free resources generously shared on Twitter. My students have loved this activities. On the day before Thanksgiving my students wrote to Steve and thanked him for his work sharing a bit about what they find enjoyable and why they are grateful. If this sounds familiar to you it is because I've already blogged about this in a previous post. Anyhow, I took photos of a few of their sweet notes and tweeted them out to @SteveWyborney. Here is the tweet:
Big picture: There are many amazing math educators working hard and sharing their work so that we can ALL be better for our kids. Most share their work free of charge. A lot of it is amazing stuff. This couldn't be more true for Steve Wyborney. It was the day before Thanksgiving and I was feeling grateful. Sometimes, when we can, we need to take a moment and show our gratitude. Plus, these little notes, which were just a small sample of the notes written, were lovely and captured my students' true feeling so well. Knowing that I was going to tweet some of their notes was highly motivational for my students. They put their hearts into the writing. This is what Steve had to say about the notes:
He also sent me this message:
My key takeaway: My students spent less than ten minutes expressing their gratitude. I spent less than ten minutes tweeting out those letters. The ten minutes we invested in showing our gratitude made somebody's day! It is totally worth ten minutes of our time to make somebody's day. This is especially true when the work that somebody puts out into the world makes a tremendous difference in the learning that unfolds in your classroom.