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  •  Clarifying question about one of your comments, tk (1+ / 0-)
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    After Sandy Hook they needed to hear from us that we would keep them safe.  As the only male teacher our 7th graders have, I was the one who had to explain that like the teachers in Connecticut we would place ourselves between them and any threat to them.
    teacherken, I am a teacher myself and a long-standing fan of yours. I'd just like to ask you to clarify what you meant by "as the only male teacher our 7th graders have . . ."

    Much appreciated! And by the way, I think it was crucial that you told students they would be kept safe.

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    by GreenMtnState on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 06:52:05 AM PST

    •  okay - several key parts to that (4+ / 0-)

      1.  I am the only male teacher in the 7th grade, and the only white teacher in the school

      2.  in email exchanges with my team members it kind of devolved on me to take the lead on this issue, even though the most forceful teacher of the 7th graders is our music teacher -  they are used to seeing the female teachers as comforters.   I fully acknowledge that all the teachers at Sandy Hook who were killed were females, a point I made to our students, many of whom still have somewhat sexist attitudes about strength and security, although most of our security guards are female

      Could others of our teachers have done this?  Sure, but for whatever reason I was more comfortable speaking about it, so I did.  Having a male assert that the females would stand up just at the females at sandy hook did cuts through some of the attitudes especially of a few of our more rambunctious male students.

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 07:00:17 AM PST

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      •  Thank you, tk . . . I appreciate your description (3+ / 0-)

        of the team's email exchanges and the students' view of the female teachers as comforters.  I think you reinforced an important idea that day -- that female teachers can comfort AND protect.

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        by GreenMtnState on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 07:07:01 AM PST

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