powerful moments in education
Participation in an unexpected Thursday evening event reminded me to open my eyes and ears at all times- to learn from people, to empathize, and to look for what every individual may have to offer me…to teach me.
Somewhere in the gray area of self-realization, traveling through school, children begin to block out certain “types” of individuals, types created by their own perceptions or perhaps by social hierarchies. This behavior can continue on through adulthood- and it is important for us to remember that even though this happens, we still need to teach children to look each other in the eye, listen, wonder, and empathize- and to be open to learning from one another. The inherent human trait of making judgement- on oneself, on others….creates a barrier for learning, puts up a wall blocking us from receiving wisdom, advice, guidance or experience.
The thing is, admitting this is something we all do sometimes is hard! But, someone once mentioned in a group conversation, “You don’t know what you don’t know.” It is a challenging task to get children to look at each other, ask the hard questions, and tell the tough stories they may keep tucked safely beyond the classroom doors. It is the teacher’s job to read the body language, listen to the tone of voice used among them, and be proactive in encouraging communication, empathy, and and gentle questioning- with the goal of decreased judgement of others and increased ability to learn from all.
Join me in considering the moments where uninvited judgement clouds our words, our actions, our progress… It is humbling, and well-worth considering, after all.