I never expect a holiday gift from my students, and when asked what I want, my reply is always the same:
"Word hard. Be kind. That would be more than enough for me."
Despite these protestations, I often receive gifts.
This year the class was kind enough to give me my very first pair of footie pajamas (New England Patriots themed) and the opportunity to take my kids to dinner and a movie over vacation. It was a thoughtful and generous gesture.
I also received gifts from individual students, including notes and cards with words that I will save forever. It's the words that students write to me that mean the most.
But this year also included one of those unforgettable gifts, created by a boy named Henry. Built from his own imagination, Henry recreated a moment from Macbeth, a play that we studied earlier this year, in Legos, with eerie precision.
He didn't purchase a kit. He didn't download directions. He made this with the Legos that he already owned. He demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the play and his own incredible creativity.
Honestly, just the idea alone is genius.
It will sit in a place of prominence in my classroom for years to come.