It Doesn’t Take Much:SOLSC2014

Five kids sit at desks scattered across the room, glumly attacking piles of work. Not a one looked the least bit happy. Angry would be a better description. Or bored. Or indifferent. Various infractions of the school rules landed them here for the day. They look tough.

Then, just outside the room, a cat appears on the window ledge. First one student, then another, and another notice the cat. How they change! Smiles break out. They are totally engaged, watching the cat’s every movement. They look tender. They are children again, with endless curiosity and capacity to care.

It didn’t take much to bring about a change. We teachers should remember that and look for the little spark that will bring a lesson to life.

This took place in our school’s “Guided Learning Center.” My daily duty is to relieve the staff member who oversees it for lunch break.

P.S. I don’t make the rules.

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4 Responses to It Doesn’t Take Much:SOLSC2014

  1. This is a great glimpse into a small moment that can teach me so much. When it’s not working we really can turn it around. xo

  2. Linda Baie says:

    My brother used to work with incarcerated youth & told me such a similar story except he brought the cat with kittens. He said these “tough guys” melted. Love to see the glimpse you had in children too.

  3. I knew you didn’t make the rules before you even wrote it. Sometimes I wish the one who does could see what you saw and adapt. I am glad you were an appreciative witness to the transformation!

  4. Goodness, how easy it is to put too much emphasis on the rules and requirements and overlook the person(s) behind it all. Good for you for noticing what is most important.

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