A couple of weeks ago I shared some pieces I’d enjoyed reading. I keep opening tabs that I find interesting in the hopes that I’ll do something with them. Something beyond reading them myself.
Shana White is someone you should be following on twitter and reading if you aren’t already. I’m familiar with the story of Jonah and the whale, but had never viewed it in the way she does here. She connects Jonah’s ignorance of the storm (as the others on the boat are doing all they can to cope with it) with many of us who are (or have been) completely unaware of the challenges and injustices around us. Then she goes on to make some suggestions about what to do if you are like Jonah, just becoming aware of the realities around you.
Finding the Tall Poppies from Tim Stahmer hit me because it addresses some of the concerns I have about who I am reading and, as a result, how well I truly understand the world (which connects to Shana’s piece above). I’m grateful Tim has not only continued writing in his retirement but seems to be writing even more.
Some folks have been writing very thoughtful pieces about school shootings and protests against them. I’m grateful for this as my own emotions are surprisingly raw and make it hard for me to figure out what I want to say. (Maybe marching in Boston with friends this weekend will help with that.) Bud Hunt wrote about his 13 year old daughter walking out of school. As always, Bud’s reflections are worth reading.
Most students didn’t know what to do with the counter protestors, so they did what I wish more adults would do when faced with opposing views – they quietly watched and, for the most part, ignored them. Sometimes, our instincts about such things are right on.
I love March because it includes the Slice of Life challenge. I have never participated in this, but I love reading what others write. (Michelle Haseltine and Kevin Hodgson are two of my favorites.) Katie Keier, a kindergarten teacher nearby me, wrote about picture day as one of her slices. It’s not really about picture day though. It’s really about seeing students, noticing what we might have missed, being open to seeing something unexpected, asking ourselves questions about what we are seeing and what it means.
(As I think about who I am reading and who I am sharing this is a slight improvement over my previous post. But I am still far from feeling as though I am reading as wide a set of perspectives, ideas, and questions as I would like to be doing.)