Friday, December 14, 2012

What a Teacher Thinks...

What can I say about the tragedy in Connecticut?

I can say that our school, and, I'm sure schools everywhere, have the safety of students as our top priority.
Yes, I want my students to think.
Yes, I want my students to read and remember.
Yes, I want my students to reflect and write.
I also want my students (and they would be shocked to hear this) to laugh and joke and have some fun.

But mostly, I want my students to feel safe and comfortable at school.
I want them to believe that I will do everything in my power to ensure that.

I cannot imagine how parents in Newtown feel. 
Unfortunately, I can imagine how the teachers feel.

If you pray, please do so.  If not, those parents and students could use whatever good thoughts you feel comfortable sending their way.

But no matter what you do, please remember the teachers and how all of us feel about the safety of our students, and how helpless we feel when we cannot protect them.


  1. Oh found and angle that we often forget. Thank you.

  2. my heart was broken thinking about the parents of that school and still breaks thinking about the teachers.
    Thanks for keeping our children safe when we can not be with them.

  3. Thank you Kirby for your thoughts. Teachers are such a treasure and the responsibility you take on each day is heroic. As a former Kindergarten teacher, I just can't imagine. My heart is broken.

  4. We were just talking about the same thing here. This is a heart breaking day

  5. Oh, Kirby. I had the same thoughts today. My heart broke as a mother, but my teacher heart also broke.
    Thank you for this.

  6. Thank you for your post. Today certainly is a horrific and heartbreaking day for all of us.

  7. Between tears and prayers, I could not help but marvel at the courage so many teachers and staff showed. The one young teacher in 1st grade assured her students how much she loved them because she did not want (what she believed) their final sounds to be that of gunshots. I am in awe.

  8. Amen, Kirby. It is a terrible time in our country- xo Diana

  9. This was a very sad day indeed. While watching the news reports yesterday, I was thinking about the heart stopping 911 messages the parents were receiving but mostly I was thinking about the horrible position the teachers were in. You are one adult in a room full of tiny people who are all looking to you for protection. How do you protect them all? It's just so terribly sad.

  10. I was talking with my husband last night -- of course I feel for the parents and their loss. And now you have me thinking of the teachers too and how hopeless they would feel. My heart goes out to everyone in Newton ...


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