As a secondary English teacher, I always taught Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol … brilliant, compelling, seasonal, and timeless. His works are among the classics for a reason.
As an elementary school principal, I always made time to share a holiday story with every class in my building. Always.
I often tell people that there’s no better place to work during the month of December than in an elementary school. Schools, when filled with students and teachers, are places of high energy every day – but that positive energy seems to intensify during those weeks leading up to winter break.
So, while I do my best to get into some of our elementary classrooms to share a holiday story in person, it’s nearly impossible to make my way through 60+ classrooms in three weeks.
Two years ago I found an alternative. I created this virtual read aloud of Chris Van Allsburg’s The Polar Express – and many students still tell me today that they liked “having [me] read to [their] class on the projector.”
And so now it’s a tradition. This year I created a similar experience for students with Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Dickens, Van Allsburg, Seuss … all classic writers.
Have a safe and happy holiday.