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Snow Day Thinking

When you think of a snow day from school, what comes to mind?  Pleasant thoughts?  Joy?  Sleeping in?  A day off?

What would you imagine would make a child be sad or depressed on a snow day?

Watch today's video and think about that question.

Snow Birthday
What if the snow day was on the child's birthday?  The above videos are of birthday walks, a Montessori tradition.  Children tell the story of their lives to their classmates around the time of their birthday.

Just because 90% of students respond to a stimulus one way, does not mean that an unexpected reaction is illogical or unreasonable.  When a student has a negative reaction to something you do or say, take a moment to figure out where the student is coming from.  Below are some more examples of misunderstandings that hurt the teacher/student relationship.  

The black girl and the pool
I've heard this story from several black women who grew up in white districts or went to predominantly white private schools.  Their mother spends hours and hours on their hair.  The following Monday the swimming unit in gym begins and the little girl refuses to go into the pool because of her hair.  If she does go in the pool, she'll make her mother very upset because her hair will be destroyed.  Teachers and administrators assume that "black kids hate water" or "are afraid of water" or "are difficult,"  when actually, they just want their hair style to last for the month as it is supposed to.  This situation could be remedied by letting parents know when the swimming unit is going to happen or by administration asking the parent questions instead of just sending students to the principal's office.  

Spanish Field Trip

Let's all go have some Spanish food!  Everyone is excited to taste the new food.  Teacher and parents have selected dishes that are not too spicy, have no nuts, and are authentically Spanish.  But then there's Joey, he's got a milk allergy, not an intollerance, and allergy.  He'll go into shock and possibly die if he has milk!  For him the trip is a chore because he needs to research the food much more intensely.  The teacher gets on the phone to speak to the owner of the restaurant (who doesn't speak English) and explain the situation.  The child can easily feel ashamed or uncomfortable, perhaps a shy child would just be "sick" that day.


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