I got home a little while ago and began reflecting on my day, and wondering what to write about tonight when I remembered something that happened this afternoon. My class was taking a restroom break and a younger student - maybe 1st or 2nd grade - came running by and dropped all of his books. He was obviously on his way to the LMC and in a big hurry.
When I saw his books go flying, I looked at my kids and got ready to tell them all not to laugh or to quiet down but to instead one of my students immediately dropped down and began to help the little guy. I could tell by the boy's reaction that he had never seen my student before but he was very grateful.
I'm not sure why this event sticks out in my mind so much, especially when today was jam packed with so many other things - we went to a kindergarten class to teach them moon phases via an Oreo Moon Phase activity; I finished conferencing with all of my students about their informational summaries and we worked hard to prepare for a math test.
Instead of thinking of all the work I did, I can't help but remember my student who helped the boy in the hallway. After all, she only picked up a couple books; she didn't really say much, and the boy didn't say thank-you. I guess the reason it stands out so much is that she showed compassion without being prompted.
A school community is made up of more than teachers, administrators and office staff - it's made up of students. As a matter of fact, it's made up mostly of students, so why do we always say that the community is what we, the teachers, make of it? Maybe the school community is what it is mostly because of the students! My school has about 700 students, and not even 100 faculty members...so maybe students play a bigger role that I ever realized.
I hope that my student's kindness will have a ripple effect and will cause other 5th graders, as well as that little boy to do something kind for others.
Have a great night,