Art Teachers, Come Together for Sandy Hook
There are some days we wake up, and it feels like it would be easier to close our eyes and pretend reality doesn’t exist… that what happened, never really happened at all. Yesterday, following the events in Connecticut, I experienced many of these feelings, and I know many of you did as well.
After hearing about the attack, the only thing I wanted to do was to grab my daughter and hold her tight. Almost immediately after, my thoughts went to you, our audience, tens of thousands of Art Teachers across the country and world. I wondered how all of you were coping, how all of you were going to make it through the day, and how schools everywhere could move on with ‘business as normal’ after such an event. As educators, this event hits very close to home. We are the first line of response, and feel the deep responsibility of taking care of our students in so many different ways, each and every day.
I wondered if there was anything I could do to help…After losing my father at a young age, I can attest that in times like this, one of the best things people can do is to just listen, to address the situation, acknowledge and respect each others thoughts and feelings, and keep lines of communication open.
I don’t have any super strong motivational messages to share today, or any deep philosophical analysis to provide… what happened yesterday was a complete an utter tragedy, and no words can fix that or make it go away.If nothing else, I want you to know today that you’re not alone. We are all part of a larger community of Art Teachers that supports each other, loves each other, and understands each other. Perhaps a chance to talk with other teachers will help you heal or provide a professional outlet. I know many of you left the school day on Friday after a busy day of teaching and didn’t get much, if any, type of resolution from your school.