Embracing the Importance of Our Work as Educators
We are certain many of you faced tough questions from your students yesterday. We understand it can be challenging to remain neutral in the aftermath of an election, regardless of whether or not your candidate was victorious.
We encourage you to not only listen, but to allow your students to write. Many of us process things better in writing than we do speaking. Many of us also use writing to express important ideas and inspire meaningful changes.
We are confident you went to work yesterday and spent the day with children. You delivered a minilesson, conferred with students, and provided time for students to share. But perhaps you also shared high-fives, fist bumps, and midday laughs.
Yesterday, like every day, there were hard questions and long pauses. But there were also opportunities to teach empathy, kindness, and inclusiveness. Day after day, we know you will help children by listening, showing them the power of shared stories, and of working for social justice through writing.
Educators provide stability to children every day. We thank you and celebrate the important work you do alongside children.
With sincere admiration,
Beth, Betsy, Dana, Deb, Kathleen, Lisa, Melanie, and Stacey
Co-Authors, Educators, and Writers