Week 7 – The Day After Halloween

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Hi – I led today’s class – I became yellow (K-1) lead teacher a little last minute due to a schedule change – David’s class last week worked so well in part because it benefitted from a lot of advance preparation. My class today seemed a little more like bits and pieces that one unified whole – but I think it mostly went pretty well. We definitely talked about halloween. We had at least 9 attendees. I tried to set them up for fairly quick sharing about halloween. I asked them to say their costume, and one thing they liked or really remembered about last night. They accepted this structure, and seemed happy to share. Seemed interested to hear each other. After chalice lighting, I taught them breath in, breath out song from green hymnal. From last week, I knew they knew the peace symbol, so I wrote the lyrics as 4 symbols – a face breating in, peace symbol, a face breathing out, a heart for love. They had fun guessing the symbols, and sounded pretty good singing the song. Then (I felt so slick) I folded the paper in half, and it showed just the breath in breath out face symbols, and I taught them the drone part. Then put it together – not bad! Ooops, forgot to reverse the parts. Next time.

Then asked kids what they liked to do with friends. Merry (assist. teacher) and Mary (mom) recorded. Then – I had groups of three stand up, and we asked them to act out one of the thing to do with friends ideas. They got involved. Then, snack, and ended with our custom memory game – with pictures of people in the class. It went faster when I switched it to turn up three cards at a time, not just two. Even if you got a pair, it was the next person’s turn, so it didn’t stay for a long time with one person. I had to keep reminding some to let us all see the cards they turned, not just to peek at them. Sigh, limit testing. But as I look back, while I was not thrilled to request them to “play well” more than once, they did accept the rules, and stay in the game til the end. So I think I was watching some children stretch themselves to play with the group, not just for themselves – and I appreciate that they stretched. Having thought this thru, I want to go back in class and let them know I appreciate how they are playing so that everyone can have fun. And they are getting to know each other’s names… Ha – this class is mostly girls. Just realizing my past is way more full of limit testing boys than of limit testing girls…

Thanks, Edie

We talked about conflict resolution in Purple. The kids gave examples of some conflicts and we talked in some detail about what fueled the conflict and options for reactions. It was an interesting topic to the kids and worth further investigation.

My friend is a teacher of teachers in Boston. I’ve always been fascinated with her dissertation work at Harvard’s School of Ed, and like to get the word out about it where I can. I realized tonight that our CRE teachers’ circle is a perfect spot. My friend P has practiced mindfulness meditation for over 20 years; it helped her survive and thrive during 14 years of teaching high school, with a social justice slant via comparative religion and social studies.

For her PhD she wanted to document how nurturing activities like meditation can prevent burn-out among teachers. In was a tricky subject for her professors to support given methodology constraints, so she moved into a new but related realm: How reflective time – not only with oneself but mainly among teachers – is a main ingredient in preventing burn-out. By observing teaching teams in model avant garde school programs, she documented how individual and shared reflection kept their teaching an extension of their values and growing/learning selves – essentially keeping their work alive and meaningful – for themselves and for the others in their teaching contexts.

So here’s to each of you as teachers on a learning path – and to the treasure of our individual and shared reflective time!!

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