Yesterday when I returned to school, I was apprehensive about the reactions of my other students. I felt great relief that many came up to me in the morning to ask if I was o.k. My afternoon group is a rather rambunctious group who always keep me on my toes. However, they mentioned to me that they didn't feel like the girl in Friday's incident "treated me or herself with dignity or respect." These are my two major themes in my classroom. I don't think it's enough to only teach kids about respect, rather I think they need to learn about dignity. I also tell them that not only should they treat others with dignity and respect, but more importantly, themselves as well.
It was, if nothing else, a "teachable moment."
Today I received the following in an e-mail:
thanks to the number one teacher ever.