Wednesday, December 19, 2012


My students are finishing up their study of one of my favorite books, The Giver, in class.

And, although Jonas has to bear the painful memories of the world for his entire community, he is awakened to the beauty and the best of the world, as well.

As an activity, we created murals, with each student bringing in images of the best and worst memories of the world, either personal or historical.

The outcome was amazing and reminds me of all the little things we should acknowledge and be grateful for this season.

They brought in memories of Christmas, a delicious breakfast, traveling, an unspoiled landscape, having puppies, cherishing family, winning a championship, falling in love….some of which we all take for granted.

Seeing the world through Jonas’ eyes, without even the gift of colors, having feelings, or the freedom to make choices, reminded all of us to count our blessings.

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