Never know what you’ll come across in the park.
This new crime scene the police were setting up was due to a bicyclist running into a pedestrian. Both are in the hospital. Good reminder to please always be careful.
A gorgeous sunset. A quiet end to a lovely weekend.
Me: Do you all know what a domino effect is? Where one domino is tapped, and it triggers all the others to fall down after it? (Students nod) Well, each of us has the power to cause that domino effect with others. And it can be for good reasons or bad, positive behaviors or negative. I want you all to be positive dominos.
Five minutes later, to the group-
Student 1: Ms. Madden? I was thinking about what you said about dominos. And I thought that if a bunch of bad dominos were falling, if one domino refused to fall, then it would stop the negative behavior.
Student 2: And if that good domino started to fall in the positive direction, it could switch the behavior of all the other dominos.
Me: (mouth open, crying happy tears that I really think this year is going to be eons better than last.)
Last Wednesday; this Wednesday.
Here we go!
I did some back to school shopping…
This weekend was for:
- starting to watch Penny Dreadful on Showtime
- one of my first Bar Method classes in over a month (OUCH)
- having a delicious lunch at Eataly of a grilled peach and roasted portobello salad
- getting my back-to-school hair cut and chopping off 4”
- catching up with a close friend about the past two months and looking forward, over a few bottles of wine naturally
- sleeping in
- my first wheel-throwing pottery class! (I signed up for an 8 week course and am so excited about it)
- a beautiful afternoon bike ride on the hudson river path
- more roof time with the new book I started, and have almost finished, We Were Liars
Every weekend should be this wonderful.
It’s a word that makes most of this country immediately uncomfortable, right? I am proud that our school is having students come two days later than usual this year, because every faculty and staff member is going through a two-day equity and diversity training, particularly pertaining to race.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from the workshop. But after two days, I walked away changed. There were hard conversations. There were eye opening exercises. There was a lot of introspection, and a lot of vulnerability, which I respected so much amongst my colleagues. There were different backgrounds and many perspectives that were voiced. Confusion, questions, defiance. But throughout it all, there was a supportive and open space to discuss topics that in our society are seen as “hard” to talk about. Off limits. As teachers, we need to have these discussions amongst ourselves so that when they come up in our classrooms, we feel at least somewhat prepared to address them with students. Only then could we even think about shifting a generation.
So thank you to my school to opening my eyes, to waking me up, and to noticing how much work there is still left to do.
It has been a long and crazy two days getting back in the swing of things, but this quiet, beautiful moment on the roof is making me take the deep breaths to get through it.
Back I go…