Yesterday, I received an email from the MAA about their April/May 2019 Focus magazine, which they provide online for anyone to read. I saw they had a crossword puzzle in it (on pages 36 and 37). I printed it out. Today I had some free time and I started working on it. Then my colleague and friend Maria started working on it (I printed her a copy too) and throughout the day, we actually successfully finished it. It was a lovely collaboration, and oh so much fun. I highly recommend doing crossword puzzles with friends.
After school today, kids from five neighboring schools organized a 2 hour meeting on restorative justice. Teachers and kids from all the schools came to my school, and they had planned activities for conversation and deep listening, talking in the whole group setting, and four panelists from local community organizations sharing their stories and how they use restorative justice in their practice. They were amazing. One of the panelists was in a small group with me and told the adults in our group that it’s nice to see teachers here because it shows kids who are there that we are people they can turn to when they feel the need. It got me thinking if I have other ways I show that I can be an adult in the community who would not only be okay with someone coming to me with something they are going through after a microaggression or challenging incident but that I welcome and invite it. It also got me thinking that I need to find ways to think about ways kids can tell me honestly if/when things that happen in my classroom (or more specifically, by me) that shut down parts of kids bringing their whole selves to class. I’m thinking at the start of the next school year I can do something to at least open the conversation. I had some ideas but I think I need to mull them over. But in any case, I had some good thoughts during this meeting.
Our school has a book fair every year as a fundraiser. I went this year, even though I knew I already had too many unread books. But I went and was in heaven looking at all the books… and of course I bought one.
For dinner, I went out with a math department colleague and we went to a fast-food-ish restaurant that opened near my school (CAVA), and it was actually so yum delish. I was initially pouting because I really wanted to get nachos, but sulking I agreed to this… and I was so happy I did!
That’s all for today!