The Pigeon Lives Here #sol17
October 3, 2017
Over the course of the last week or so, as the first graders pass by the literacy center on their way to lunch, I began to overhear one student after another mention “Pigeon”. I didn’t think much about it, but then the first grade PLC leader dropped by the literacy center on her way back from specials one day. Here’s her story.
The students noticed you have THE Pigeon in here, she said. You have to start moving it every day.
I was confused, but then I remembered that I had purchased Pigeon, Piggie, and Gerard over the summer and they were gently tucked into the new book shelves surrounding my desk. I thought they might be popular with the students at the time, but over weeks, they were just blending in for me. She continued.
We told the first graders that Pigeon comes to check the libraries in our rooms at night and he leaves them all messages. You have to move him around because now they think he lives in the Literacy Center.
It makes sense. The Literacy Center is one big library of teacher resources and leveled text. I thought, why not? That very afternoon, I moved Pigeon to prominently display on the shelf right inside my door. Do you know what happened next?
Pandemonium! When the first graders came down the hall that day to go to lunch and the Pigeon- THE PIGEON -was right there looking at them, the buzz went up and I’m not sure how anyone got to lunch that day.
So… here I am. The Pigeon has become my own personal Elf on the Shelf. I try to remember to move him each afternoon before I go home. There he is every morning waiting to be magical in the eyes of some very perceptive six year old.
I’m grateful today for six year old magic, for first grade teachers who wanted to include me in the fun, for Mo Willems for creating such a wonderful character for children to relate to, and for the opportunity this and so many other days to be part of the world of elementary school.