Over at Teachers Write – the Tuesday prompt was to write from your child’s voice, to find that memory with deep felt emotion. Nora Raliegh Baskin, author of Anything but Typical, was pushing us to hear the voice of the child. If we are writing for young children we need to hear and write from that voice.
It was 7:30 am mid west time when I got to the post and already there were 10 or so responses up. Wow – we teachers are really risers and excited to write. There was another wow for me when reading the posts as well. They were well written with high emotion from when they were very young and most were about being bullied.
I have to admit when I thought of writing from high emotion I also quickly remembered two or three time when I was teased, bullied and physically hurt by others (think ice ball thrown at face leaving a large black eye). Man, that was a long time ago. I am old, retired and still those memories come flooding back in a surprising fashion.
When I was young it was not talked about or dealt with. If anything was said it was often a word about fighting back or walking away. Hmm – that’s how I got the black eye – walking away.
I am grateful for all the work teachers and parents are now doing around bullying. There are posters in the hall, class discussion and lots of good books that touch on this subject. There are videos, songs and spoken word poems that keep this topic alive and talked about.
I know it is mid summer and we are only now sinking into that relaxed mode but I just want to put a little spark in your thinking, a question.
What will you do this fall, when your students return, to share this topic again? What will you do to make this important and fresh?
I worry that we are tuning out the message due to over use. I listened to some friends the other night over a glass of wine doing just that – “oh did you see there were a lot of shooting in Chicago this weekend.” The response was “yeah I don’t pay attention any more it is all the same stuff – shooting and killings – enough already let’s talk about something else.” I get that not wanting to talk about it but the “I don’t pay attention” floored me. We are becoming desensitized to the violence in our communities. Is this happening at schools?
Please don’t let that happen to bulling in the schools – our young bullies become our adult bullies. How do we keep this topic fresh and important for our students? How do we make a change in the culture of our students lives?
I am hoping they will grow up to write about their deep emotions by sharing the fun they had with family and friends! We can hope can’t we?