I have been telling this great story since June and today as I told it, I realized that this is why we teach…It wasn’t something that was part of Common Core, you can’t test for it, but we (not just me – but other teachers as well) taught one child a priceless lesson. We can’t put a value or grade on it because the potential of it is limitless….
When our school was recently offered up to developers. We fought back. Our school community joined together. We joined a neighborhood coalition. We got community volunteers. We had a march, a rally, and participated in an educational forum. We had students, parents, teachers, alumni, community members and politicians join us. The next day we found out we won! Our school will stand!
About two days later at dismissal a small child walked up to me, I think a Kindergartener. She pulled on my shirt and when I looked down at her she said, “I helped save the school.” I told her she did and she walked away with the biggest smile. I am not sure what exactly she has taken away with her, I do know that was the best lesson I never planned for.