stain the classroom
Let’s mop these
words up off
turn them into
you can use.
poems, poetry, teaching
April 29, 2010 at 7:35 am
If only it were that easy!
April 29, 2010 at 5:30 pm
No kidding, but it does get easier to just let things roll off and not take things personally. Interestingly, once you learn that lesson, the kids seem to know at stop trying to get to you.
April 29, 2010 at 9:39 am
I don’t envy you but if you can cause thought and reason to re-work disruptive/abusive language into a positive creation, which will hold attention and provoke consideration, I’d say that was a valuable lesson.
April 29, 2010 at 5:33 pm
Thanks, Derrick. It’s kind of a teacher trick, I guess. In helping kids “revise” their expressions of anger, that anger often dissipates and we can get down to core issues. Bringing out the “thought and reason” is what it’s all about.
April 29, 2010 at 8:31 pm
we call it processing, wading through the escalations to find what’s underneath. unfortunately, most of our kids can’t find any words at all.
I love that image of turning the “discarded” words into something usable.
April 30, 2010 at 6:30 pm
Thanks. We work with what we’re given. You’re right that too often they don’t even have the words for what they want to say.
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