Friday, January 17, 2014

Powerful thoughts by our 6th Graders

As a teacher, there are many times when you find something last minute and you just decide to wing it. Sometimes those lessons flop and you're left thinking, why on earth did I stray from plans? What was I thinking? Then there are moments where everything falls into place and your doubts about your upcoming plans turning into one of the most beautiful and remarkable moments in your teaching career! Today was that day for me and happened during our meeting while we gathered together with our students to discuss the everlasting impact of Martin Luther King Jr. on our lives.

There was not a book read.... no packet of worksheets given... but rather a YouTube video from a young voice with a very boisterous, but powerful message!


Even though the students shared a lot of laughs throughout this clip, we could tell that there minds were really thinking. Thinking about a question the Kid President had asked. So we took it...(see the question in pink on the board to the right) and ran with it...

Here are a few of my favorite responses from our students:


Miss Rybar even chimed in (about the picture to the left) and led a quick discussion after our awesome Emma's brought up the subject of bullying and cyber-bullying. 

Although we have not had issues with this topic this school year, I always fear the unknown of what our students are dealing with online. What are they facing outside of school, when our teacher eyes aren't watching? Is there something they are deal with on their own that we know nothing about? 

Although we always seem to see a really silly side of our student's personalities on a daily basis, I've always wondered about what's going on in their minds when they are truly moved. And based upon the responses you see above... I think that I finally found my answer. 

To wrap up our discussion and get them ready to go down to an assembly where the group"Respect" acted out skits covering bullying, respecting relationships and show kindness towards others, we revisited Kid President and watched another powerful segment about how to change the world. 


To conclude this blog and my day at Fairview, I leave you with a few thoughts for the weekend. What will you be doing with your students next week as we remember how Martin Luther King Jr. changed our lives and the lives of others? What impact can we make? How can we change the world??

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