a note that warms my heart

Got such a nice note today that I can’t help but share it.

Feedback — just the knowing that students have put my work to use — warms my heart.

I get frequent requests to use my ten minute plays in classrooms of all levels.  I’m always grateful, and usually ask the teacher or student to share with me how things go.  Sometimes they do.

Thanks, Jenn.

Jenn lives in Perth, Western Australia, and works as a Visiting Teacher for the Deaf at a mainstream high school that boasts an inclusive education unit.

Her note:

Hi Sam,

I hope you’re well.

I requested to use Easy Credit a few weeks ago with the deaf kids who I teach and it has been great! You say on your website that you wonder how things went so I thought I’d take you up on it.

I hope you don’t mind but I made up some focus questions (my role as a Visiting Teacher is to encourage/ develop strategies to include reading, writing & speaking so by using your play we were doing all three!) for afterwards and got some really interesting answers.

I have two year 12 students I teach in individual withdrawal sessions. I used Easy Credit with each of them and we had some fun with swapping around who was playing two characters etc.

My focus questions (which required full sentence written answers) were:
1) Why is the father angry?
2) Why is the mother angry?
3) Do the parents have a good or bad opinion about theur daughter’s behaviour? How can you tell?
4) What is your opinion of the daughter’s actions? Why do you think that?

The first three questions were answered fairly similarly but the fourth was curious.

One of the students said that he had a bad opinion of the daughter because ‘she took money from me and Mum’. (He was playing the role of the Dad in the play and clearly took it to heart, which I found quite interesting in itself).

The other one said he had a good opinion of the daughter because she was ‘being a coolhead without having an argument’.

So, I just thought I’d let you know.

Take care,