Thank-You Notes to Elementary School Teachers Charles Fuhrken To Mrs. Box, To Mrs. Torres, First grade teacher, Third grade teacher, For days I stared Each day after out the window at lunch we sprawled out the playground on the story rug and clung to when I was supposed to tales about a chocolate read about a boy factory, a red fern, and a giant named Dick and a girl peach. named Jane. Instead of corner Spinning words like time, you gave me Charlotte in her web, you a pencil and a Big were Radiant, Chief tablet and let me invent Humble, my own stories—and I forgot all about Terrific, and Some recess. Teacher. To Mrs. Meischen, To Teachers Everywhere, Second grade teacher, We students remember I still have ant aquariums and Weekly the first place Reader, cursive prize I won in your spelling handwriting and talent shows, sock bee—a ribbon of puppets and science blue construction paper cut out and fairs, show and perfectly tell and field trips, times laminated. Down to me and tables and i before e. Moments glued Gloria, the word was together in our minds like ap-pre-ci-ate, the collages you treasured from us, verb, displayed in the hallway, and praised “to be grateful for”—and I still with bright eyes and a contagious am. smile. Charles Fuhrken works in assessment and is the author of What Every Elementary Teacher Needs to Know About Reading Tests (Stenhouse, 2009). He earned his Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Texas at Austin.
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