Happy 2014! You Are Not Alone!
January 9, 2014
This past winter break, I had some time to reflect on the recent Soundboard Sessions I had done with some families who felt a bit alone in solving their children’s learning woes. I wondered, “As teachers, are we really alone in educating children?” So, I reflected on the teachers who have made a difference in my life. In most cases, they were not classroom teachers.
I had a dance teacher who introduced me to modern dance and the power of discipline at 11 years old.
Then there was my reading specialist when I was 7 years old, who told me that I needed to fall in love with reading before we could even tackle improving my reading skills.
Last bit not least were my lovely parents, who always allowed me the free time and space to explore and be creative on a daily basis, no matter how much my dancing in the living room in front of the TV screen drove them crazy. There is a lot of pressure on teachers to be the sole providers of education when in reality, home is the first and most important classroom.
Children are not raised in a bubble, no matter how much we would like them to be protected from the woes and inappropriate content out there.
My Sunday School kids were singing an inappropriate song and I asked them to Stop! One boy aged 11 asked, “Why?” I said, “Because it is not appropriate for the ears of everyone at the table.” He said, “But it is out there.” And he is right. It is out there. And its our job as a village to help shape the learning that is being put out there, no matter what your personal views are.