"I was fortunate to come across your story this year a couple of days before school began and decided to make Piglet our class theme, as I believed it would be engaging and would have an impact on our classroom environment. After learning about Piglet, we brainstormed what a Piglet Mindset is, wrote informative essays, participated in STEM activities that related to Piglet, agreed to adopt a Piglet Mindset of inclusion, and painted pink puppies, all during these first three weeks of school. My table teams are now called packs and are named after Piglet’s friends. Even our backpack rack got a “Piglet makeover” and the message of inclusion is posted as a reminder to students as they begin their day. My students have taken the Piglet Mindset to heart. They notice when a classmate seems sad or is alone and quickly take steps to help rectify the situation. When paired or grouped for collaboration, students are open to working with any of their classmates regardless of gender, grade level etc. I have not heard any negativity regarding pairings. Not only are my students treating each other with kindness and respect, they are also encouraging and motivating each other. Just today, one of my students remarked, “This is going to be hard” after I had explained their math task. Another student responded, “Have a Piglet Mindset. You can do it.” Thank you for sharing your story and impacting my students in such a positive way! If possible, I would love to have an inclusion pack and stickers sent to my students."
- Stephanie Weeks, 2/3 combo teacher at Cielo Vista Elementary School in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA.
"The Piglet Mindset has made a positive impact on my students’ emotional well-being. In my 23 years of teaching, I have found it most difficult to teach tolerance and acceptance in a way students can comprehend. The Piglet Mindset proved to be a way that students immediately understood the importance of inclusion. Through the eyes of Piglet, they were able to be more accepting of their peers that they once rejected. All students could understand Piglet’s language. I used Piglet’s mission to help students learn to not fear others because they were different. Strong relationships were built among my students inside and outside of my classroom. They spread the message of the Piglet mindset through their actions and their words."
- Joanna Worch, English as a Second Language teacher, Foley Elementary School in AL.
"I used Piglet and his Three Senses when I was teaching about the 5 Senses in Science. It was such a great tool and starting point for some awesome conversations and thinking about our senses. Thank you!"
- Elana N. Militzok, K1 Teacher, Beachside Montessori Village.
"We have a set social skills time each week and it is my rotation to start planning that social skills lesson. I have been a dedicated follower of Piglet and his pack (and wear Piglet shirts and masks in school).
I am excited to say that Parkview Elementary’s first grade students are learning about Piglet. At dismissal today several of the first grade students not in my class asked me about my mask and shirt. They were so excited that they had learned about Piglet today and that I was wearing Piglet. One of my little girls asked during class time if Piglet was real. I said Piglet is very real and he is very special.
I am eager and excited to continue to teach them about Piglet, his mindset, and his pack. Thank you so much for everything that you do! You are so inspiring! For a teacher that loves her puppies and has fallen in love with Piglet, my students are excited and ready to learn more."
- Kylee Weber, first grade teacher in Sedalia, Missouri.