Words are Gifts

Hidden Talent

She opened the book with her delicate hands, her fingers as thin as pens, seemed fragile as she confidently spoke whilst leafing through her book. Her audience were enchanted.

This, she had created by herself, at home. An accordion book that had doors she could open and windows she could see through. She gently took us on a journey to discover her hidden talent. Very impressed we all applauded, silently.

As she looked up, she noticed we were all awed by her creation. Faces in rectangles on the screen.

How swiftly one’s impression of another changes.

This continues to be a lesson to me, as a teacher of many years. I still need these reminders to seek the hidden strength of my students. This was our sharing opportunity when students book a slot to present a creation or talent.

In class, young lady was always quiet and shy, therefore did not volunteer her words, until called. Presenting her creation to the whole grade level must have been daunting for her, but she performed so eloquently and impressed us all both with her words and her handicraft.

15 responses to “Hidden Talent”

  1. Juliette, what an amazing experience–thank you for sharing it with us! I absolutely love finding out what my students can do and who they are inside of themselves. I’m so happy this young lady had the chance to share herself with her classmates!

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  2. I love that you are allowing and encouraging students to share hidden talents. This will go so far in helping them have confidence in themselves. You are the type of educator we would all aspire to be, one that invests in her students. You will be remembered for providing this experience. Thanks for sharing it.

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  3. This is beautifully written. I like to visualize what I’m reading. I could almost see her reaction to see others’ reaction. This slice made me smile. Thank you Juliette.

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  4. This is such a powerful reminder that all our students have talents. We just might need to be patient and/or look for those moments when we can celebrate them. Your writing is beautiful as well.

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  5. This is so beautiful! I think all teachers know that feeling of wishing you could impress upon your students how truly impressive they are! I loved the way we didn’t know what you were writing about until midway through – it allowed me to more deeply visualize the moment.

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  6. I adored having the chance to celebrate this young lady’s hidden talents with you. For someone who is shy, she exhibited such strength when she shared with the entire grade level.

    I was hoping to feature your slice of life story in March as one of the “Be Inspired” pieces in the daily calls for Slice of Life Stories on TWT. If this would be okay, would you please email me at stacey{at}staceyshubitz{dot}com by Mon., 2/15 with your permission (as well as the permalink)?


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  7. […] a school-related slice of life story. Recently, she captured a beautiful moment called “Hidden Gifts,” which will inspire you to write eloquently about your classroom life — today or any […]

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  8. Gorgeous, Juliette. I love that you have dedicated time and created space for your students to present to their peers.

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  9. Just exquisite, from the description of “fingers as thin as pens” to the accordion book with windows and doors. I love the spirit of community and the recognition of the many different facets of brilliance.

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  10. Juliette, your story was shared again on today’s prompt, as I’m sure you know. This is so beautiful, yes you have truly written eloquently about a moment with your students, and today this sweet girl has found a place in my heart through your words.

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  11. Simply beautiful! This is such an important reminder to us all, that no matter the age we teach, our students have exceptional abilities. Thank you for a piece that so many can relate to.

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    Jackie Higgins

    Since I work with students who are identified as needing extra help in reading, I’m always looking for ways to highlight their strengths. I love the idea of “hidden talent”, looking in areas that may not seem like academic areas to discover talent.

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  13. You have captured such an absolutely precious, breathtaking moment. I love this line, “As she looked up, she noticed we were all awed by her creation.” – how immersed she was in her presentation! So beautiful. Thank you for sharing this!

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  14. Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski Avatar
    Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski

    Such a beautiful and important reminder to look for our students gifts! Beautifully crafted!

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  15. TWT was right to choose this Slice as an inspiration for other Slicers. It is well-crafted and reminds us to seek out what our Scholars don’t always tell us about themselves. Your Scholars are blessed to have you and to have this time to share.

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I am am Elementary school teacher at an International IB School in Accra, Ghana, West Africa. I write with groups of writers, such as Teach Write.


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