As you search for answers, I would like to share with you two special blog posts that may help you through this process. Angela Watson of The Cornerstone for Teachers offers words of wisdom in What do you say at a time like this? Denise Boehm of Sunny Days in Second Grade offers her thoughts on how to respond as a teacher in What do we do now? Both messages spoke to my heart, and I wanted to share them with you.
Friday’s events were truly horrible, but the actions of many brave individuals reminds us that teaching is more than a job or even a profession … it’s an act of love. Thankfully most of us will never have to demonstrate our love for our students in a willingness to face down a gunman. However, teachers show their love every day in countless ways, making their classrooms safe havens for children who might not otherwise feel the unconditional love of a caring adult. So treasure the time that you have with your students this week and let them know how much you care. You might not find the perfect words to answer every question, but your love will shine through in your actions and that may be all that matters.