Tomorrow is going to be a challenging day for American educators.
There might be children who come to school with minimal information about today’s events at the Capitol. There might be kids who come into your classroom — be it in person or on Zoom — repeating their parent or caregiver’s bias, which may or may not match your own. There might be questions about the meaning of words like coup, insurrection, and sedition. There might be questions about why or how can this happen here? Tomorrow could be filled with hard questions and long pauses. We encourage you to listen to questions and encourage respectful dialogue between students while adhering to facts.
We also encourage you to provide students with space to write outside of writing workshop time if you believe it would be beneficial. Students might write to record swirling thoughts, to question bias, to draft a letter to elected officials, or to process the images seen on television.
Educators provide stability to children every day. We thank you and celebrate the important work you’ll do in the company of children tomorrow.
With sincere appreciation,
Amy, Beth, Betsy, Kathleen, Melanie, Stacey, and Therapi