posted on Jan, 31 2014 @ 12:02 PM
This is an incredible story that really needs to be shared!
It's about a teacher doing some amazing and wonderful things:
A few weeks ago, I went into Chase’s class for tutoring. I’d emailed Chase’s teacher one evening and said, “Chase keeps telling me that this
stuff you’re sending home is math – but I’m not sure I believe him. Help, please.” She emailed right back and said, “No problem! I can tutor
Chase after school anytime.” And I said, “No, not him. Me. He gets it. Help me.” And that’s how I ended up standing at a chalkboard in an
empty fifth grade classroom staring at rows of shapes that Chase’s teacher kept referring to as “numbers.” - See more at:
The rest of the story is so very moving! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Here is a small part of her method:
we sat for a few minutes and talked about teaching children and what a sacred trust and responsibility it is. We agreed that subjects like math and
reading are the least important things that are learned in a classroom. We talked about shaping little hearts to become contributors to a larger
community – and we discussed our mutual dream that those communities might be made up of individuals who are Kind and Brave above all. - See more
Every Friday afternoon Chase’s teacher asks her students to take out a piece of paper and write down the names of four children with whom they’d
like to sit the following week. The children know that these requests may or may not be honored. She also asks the students to nominate one student
whom they believe has been an exceptional classroom citizen that week. All ballots are privately submitted to her. And every single Friday afternoon,
after the students go home, Chase’s teacher takes out those slips of paper, places them in front of her and studies them. She looks for patterns.
Who is not getting requested by anyone else? Who doesn’t even know who to request? Who never gets noticed enough to be nominated? Who had a
million friends last week and none this week? - See more at: momastery.com...
You see, Chase’s teacher is not looking for a new seating chart or “exceptional citizens.” Chase’s teacher is looking for lonely children.
She’s looking for children who are struggling to connect with other children. She’s identifying the little ones who are falling through the cracks
of the class’s social life. She is discovering whose gifts are going unnoticed by their peers. And she’s pinning down- right away- who’s being
bullied and who is doing the bullying. - See more at: momastery.com...
Sometimes the future can seem pretty hopeless, but more people like her could certainly make a HUGE difference!
This brilliant woman watched Columbine knowing that ALL VIOLENCE BEGINS WITH DISCONNECTION. All outward violence begins as inner loneliness. She
watched that tragedy KNOWING that children who aren’t being noticed will eventually resort to being noticed by any means necessary. And so she
decided to start fighting violence early and often, and with the world within her reach. What Chase’s teacher is doing when she sits in her empty
classroom studying those lists written with shaky 11 year old hands - is SAVING LIVES. I am convinced of it. She is saving lives. And what this
former NASA scientist and mathematician has learned while using this system is something she really already knew: that everything – even love, even
belonging – has a pattern to it. And she finds those patterns through those lists – she breaks the codes of disconnection. And then she gets
lonely kids the help they need. It’s math to her. It’s MATH. - See more at:
What a wonderful human being! It's sad that she is retiring. I would love it if she were to write a booklet for all teachers to refer to for
The full article is linked below: