What I Saw in A Classroom Yesterday

welcome to our school different languagesI was visiting one of my student teachers in a junior high classroom in the inner city yesterday.  I started jotting down things I saw. 

  • Labels in both Arabic and English for items in the room like the pencil sharpener and clock. 
  • A numbered treaty document signed by all the students and their teacher which listed their responsibilities. Some of the treaty items the teacher had agreed to were listening to kids and giving them time to think. Some of the treaty items the students had agreed to were trying their best and showing up for class on time. 
  • A piece of chart paper that recorded the results of a class brainstorming session about bullying. 
  • A series of posters for the seven sacred teachings- courage, honesty, respect,wisdom, truth, love and humility.
  • A large sign providing the number of hotline children could call for help if they were experiencing abuse. 
  • A poster with the United Nations Rights of a Child in kid friendly language. 
  • A colorful poster on the door that featured an acrostic for diversity D-different I-individuals V-valuing E-each other R-regardless of S-skin I-intellect T-talents or Y-years. 
  • Boxes of granola bars for kids to eat if they had missed breakfast. 
  • A Canadian flag right beside a poster that read We Are All Treaty People. 
  • A map of all the treaty lands in Manitoba and the communities in them.  Some of the students had put their names on sticky notes and attached them to the map at the spot where their family came from. 
  • Shelves filled with board games and books. 
  • Students with skin color, language and dress that indicated they came from many different countries. 
  • Plastic containers filled with supplies like pencil crayons, scissors, pens and notebooks for kids that didn’t have their own. 
  •  A poster that declared… Always determine what’s right instead of who’s right. 

As I looked around I thought most of these things would not have been in a classroom I was a part of as a child.

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Counting on Their Fingers

Crossing the Line

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