I have been doing a lot of thinking the last few days.
That sort of pondering that usually involves tears and awe and feelings of humility.
Aside from the fact that I think Texans and Oklahomans must be kin,
I am humbled by what we have seen and heard on the news this past week.
I have been thinking about teachers, specifically the Moore, Oklahoma teachers
whose stories of courage are now known..
Covering someone else’s child’s body with your own
during a deadly tornado,
while praying your own child is safe is nowhere to be found in teacher training.
Trust me-I know- I train teachers, and I was a teacher for 32 years.
It is also rare to find in any beginning teacher manual phrases like ‘shelter in place’,
that dire intercom warning
that can only mean a threat is near
and you the teacher are in charge.
All of the test scores and benchmarks and lesson plan writing and lunch counts
Dear parents – during those shelter in place moments-
it is not about any of that.
Those things are a small measure of the teaching a real teacher can do.
In those shelter in place moments,
it is about who you want in a fight.
Bravo Moore, Oklahoma teachers.