I tend to ponder as I wander. (I know the rhyme thing is goofy, but I’m teaching younger kids these days and it takes me a bit to switch the brain back over.)
So much has been happening in the world at large and in my world at small that is making me wonder if I’m actually trapped in an episode of Rick and Morty. And every day it gets harder and harder to sit down and write something that doesn’t make me want to slam my head on the nearest flat surface.
I can’t even think about the state of the union, because once I process the series of thoughts about a particular day’s insanity, something new and even more horrifying has happened, and then the whole business starts all over again.
Part of the process of teaching includes many, many, many workshops and policy briefings and rules and regulations and a whole alphabet soup of procedures that all boil down to mean, “KEEP THE KIDS SAFE,” The second thing we learn is, “Teach them something important.”
I have to say that I did panic a bit at the overwhelming amount of information, mainly because I have not always worked in/for institutions that felt this way.
As I processed all of that and then the madness in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend. (If you have been in a cave on Mars, with your fingers in your ears, on Saturday, August 13, James Alex Fields, Jr, drove into a crowd of protestors, murdering Heather Heyer. Heyer was among people demonstrating against a white supremacy rally.
It makes me a little bonkers to have that in my head while my primary objective is to KEEP THE KIDS SAFE.
I think what I will do for the second part is teach them to be kind.
And then maybe I can teach some Reading, Spelling and the rest of that.