ONE YEAR WITH AN ENGLISH TEACHER
Day 161, Monday, June 02, 2008
This morning I witnessed a wonderful proof of our right to be called a “national school of character”. When
During the silent reading period (about 8 minutes) at the start of a class today, I noticed one girl was not reading, but just staring off with an utterly relaxed look on her face. I caught her eye and gestured down to her book, whereupon she snapped to attention and started reading again, but later I wondered about that. Is it really so bad for a student to use a few minutes to just relax – to slow down, unwind, and loosen up in the midst of a typically frenzied school day? This girl was “settling” herself, perhaps similar to the way a pond does after its water has been stirred by something. She needed a moment to let her thoughts subside, to let some room open up for peace to have its place in her young life again. Is that really so bad?