As I sit and reflect upon the tragedy that happened in Connecticut, I think about the teaching profession. A colleague mentioned to me that on “Anderson Cooper” he was interviewing a teacher at the school who placed her students in a corner and read a book to them to calm them. Cooper asked her how she kept her composure, and she simply said that it was “what she needed to do.”
It got me thinking (as a teacher myself), that’s so true. That is what we do, we are teachers, we care about our students, we love them, we nurture them, most of us would do anything to protect our students — anything.
I know that when we have lockdowns at my school (practice or not), I go through the procedure with my students. I lock my door, put up my “secure” sign and then I keep teaching. I keep things the same, we move on. I want my students to feel safe and secure. We teach because we care, we teach because we love students; we teach kindness, caring, connectedness and, above all, how to handle adversity.
God bless all the families and people affected by the tragedy in Connecticut. Thank you to all the teachers who put their lives (and hearts) on the line.