Today's thoughts are for Two Writing Teachers' Slice of Life. Check out their website for lots of great reflections on teaching.
I am thinking and wondering,
if you - an adult - have been taught to critique,
to notice what is wrong with children's behavior,
to insist they "shape up,"
is it possible to learn
to redirect children toward more engaging, appropriate behavior,
to model positive and respectful talk,
to trust that children are still learning right from wrong?
Is this too much to ask of adults?
To learn this new voice, new approach?
Is it teachable?
It seems such a small thing.
But it has huge repercussions in a classroom.