I don’t know you. I don’t know where you teach. I don’t know your students. What I do know is that yesterday a tragedy ravaged a small town in Oklahoma. As teachers, whose hearts are constantly focused on the good for others, our hearts break. No matter where you live, you have a broken heart for the people in Moore and surrounding areas. We want to do all that we can to help. Teachers are people marked by their compassion, and you are no exception to that rule.
Will your students have a broken heart for what happened yesterday? Many will and many won’t. If your students, like mine, have no frame of reference for what happened or even know what happened they may not know how to feel compassion for the people of Moore. What can you do today to help your students see past themselves? In the light of the horribleness that happened, how can you help your students develop a sense of compassion?
I know that we already have our lessons boxed up and ready for today. I know that my students are working on a project and we are under the pressure of time to finish. However, I feel like I really need to take a pause and find a way to work this in today. Can you do that? Can you take some time from your lessons and help the students to understand what happened and help them see there are people hurting right now?
Compassion is natural, on some level, in most human beings. However, it does need to be nurtured and developed as well. How are you doing this with your students? Will you take some time today to help the next generation learn how to love others and see past themselves? I know that I have to…it feels like something that is important to do. My heart breaks for Oklahoma right now. I want my students to feel that in some way, too.
Keep the people of Moore and all of Oklahoma, especially those who have lost loved ones, in your prayers and thoughts today. Reach out and help in what ever way you can. Help your students to want to do the same.
Keep on teaching, Teacher! You are awesome for all that you do to help your students learn and become better people!
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