1.07.2021

thoughts on thursday

 I'm not going to lie--I was not looking forward to being a social studies teacher today.  After the chaos of yesterday, I was anxious about how to say what I wanted to say.  As I was driving to school, though, I realized that if I had a lot to say that maybe my students would, too.  So I changed my strategy.  I decided to listen.  To let them ask questions and process, and explore their anxiety, outrage, and concerns.  Several of them had traveled to DC and had experienced the Capitol building.  They had almost reverential awe for the place and were disgusted at how it was damaged and trampled through.  It turned into a meaningful teachable moment.  I am glad they felt safe exploring and expressing their thoughts.

3 comments:

  1. Do you know how much I respect you?! You are an amazing teacher, and person.

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  2. I was worried about you. Not because I didn't think you'd come through for your kids -- never doubted that for a moment -- but because you're sensitive and care so much that I knew this had to be weighing on you. I'm glad it went well, and I hope the parents realize how important it is that you allowed their kids a safe space.

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  3. I am so thankful for you! (and teachers like you across this nation!) XO

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