Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The rallying cry

This is a Tuesday
Slice of Life.
All participants are writing about one moment, one part of their day. 
A big thank you to Two Writing Teachers for providing this unique opportunity
for teacher-writers to share and reflect.

Here's the call for our education system -

How do we cultivate students who love, care, respect? Who think, reflect, advocate? Who seek to know more?

Fresh off the extraordinary Women's March on Washington, I am so invigorated...

Consider Sophie Cruz, all of six years old, and inspiring the masses at the Women's March; she gave an inspirational speech in both English and Spanish. Imagine -  she is an immigration activist at only 6 years of age!! Her energy, charisma, eloquence, compassion, and conviction were palpable. These two lines reduced me to tears:
"I also want to tell the children not to be afraid, because we are not alone. There are still many people that have their hearts filled with love."
Imagine if our education system could tap into this sense of purpose in every child. What would our classrooms look like?

This week, my goal is to be in deep conversation with each of my students, listening for their messages of hope. They are our beautiful future!

That's me, in the middle of my loving family, at the Women's March in Washington


  1. So hopeful that the March becomes something larger -- a movement of change -- and it is inspiring to see young people involved, as long as it is them and not adult around them pushing them into the spotlight. That doesn't sound like the case here. Great pic!

  2. I am inspired by each one who have stepped forward to tell their story, Maureen. Listening to children is something everyone can do.

  3. I wondered if you marched in the D.C. event. I thought about you as I marched locally. I've given much thought to tapping in to students and empowering them to stand up and speak up. We must. Yet I worry about President Trump's myopia. Listen to him speak about his inaugural crowd size. He only sees as far as he sees, which is really short-sighted.