Teachers Feeling Sadness and Resolve
December 20, 2012
'My heart is broken' I read over and over again. Teachers across the country feel not fear, but a deep sadness.
But their sadness is filled with resolve and determination to keep children safe, to help every single child who might be struggling, and to continue creating an environment of happiness and learning. To show support and solidarity for the Sandy Hook community, most teacher-bloggers went offline on Monday.
"We each deal with grief in a different way. [But] the overwhelming sense I have from the emails I'm getting [from NEA members] is that teachers want to do something to help. They want to help figure out ways to make schools safer," Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association, shared in an Ed Week article.
Paul Bogush, 8th grade social studies teacher in CT writes on his blog, "I felt connected to the tragedy not because of my previous experiences or geographic location, but because I feel connected to all the teachers in that kid’s life who are probably sitting home right now wondering if they could have done something more…"
First grade teacher, Stephanie, plans to make this week special. She blogs, "I want this last week before break to be filled with fun in our classroom because I am thankful for the opportunity to still be able to do that with them. It's the best way I know to honor the 26 angels from CT and not allow one man's actions to take any more away from us."
As we leave our schools for winter vacation, support your child's teachers with a letter of thanks. Tell them that you appreciate what they do every day.
With your kids, make snowflakes and cards for the students and teachers and Sandy Hook Elementary. Send snowflakes no later than January 12, 2013 to:
Connecticut PTSA / S.H.E.S. Coping & Caring Parent Express Bus Tour
60 Connolly Parkway
Building 12, Suite 103
Hamden, CT 06514
Our hearts are heavy. Teachers hearts are burdened. Let's support each other and work together to build a safer future for our children.
Melissa Taylor is a freelance writer, an award-winning educational blogger at ImaginationSoup, an award-winning teacher with a M.A. in Education, and a mom of two children, ages 6 and 9. Follow Taylor on Twitter or find her on Facebook.
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