Friday, May 6, 2016

Dear Pernille Ripp,

Dear Pernille Ripp,

I read your blog post this morning and just wanted to say that I’m sorry.  I’m sorry that you are not feeling like a fun teacher.  I feel you pain, because I’ve been there.

I also want to say thank you. This year, I am a fun teacher and a lot of it is because of you. For the past few years I’ve read your blog posts and books, followed you on Twitter, and am now a member of your Passionate Learners Facebook group.  

You’ve influenced me to do away with a behavior system.  This year I’ve had the fewest behavior issues ever. In the past, my students were required to raise their hand to leave their seats. Now my students are free to meet their needs whenever they need to, not when I give them permission to.

Because of you, I think before I react. I know my students better then ever and use that knowledge to guide my daily interactions.
A student gave this to me on Monday for Teacher Appreciation Week:

A student gave this to me on Monday for Teacher Appreciation Week:

The blogs she refers to are on Write About. I have a free upgraded account this year because of your Global Read Aloud project. By the way, if you haven’t looked into BreakoutEDU yet, please do.  Your students will be singing you praises and will call you a fun teacher.

Your book lists help guide my purchases and help with my suggestions during conferences. My daughter and I look forward to your book recommendations and read our way through your lists.  She found her favorite in The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. She impatiently waited for me to get to “the part” in Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone so we could discuss what we knew and when. We cried over Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt and debated our opinions of the ending.

Pernille, I’m sorry that you don’t feel like a fun teacher this year. But please know that you have created other fun teachers. Your words are far reaching and greatly appreciated.

I’m looking forward to learning with you at nErDcamp in July.

Sincerely,
Nicol Howald, Teacher.