How can I take what I’ve gained over the past 4 days and bring it into my classroom? How can I make this knowledge relevant and practical to my students? Well, Echoes and Reflections will do just that! Echoes and Reflections will bring the stories of the past into the lives of my school community members!
Today has already brought new ideas and inspiration for my classroom. I have find ways to make my classroom more than a classroom. My room, let me rephrase that, our classroom will be a community. A community that understands, accepts, and appreciates differences. If we can build that, then we can begin to make that difference. Then we can begin to bear witness to the challenges we face in our society.
Spending part of the day in the conference room of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops put the week into perspective. The Church has faced challenges when it comes to anti-Semitism and anti-Judaism. While these challenges exist, it says a lot to have a meeting of 40 Catholic educators who want to educate our students on recognizing that our faith is built on the fact that Jesus was himself Jewish. We cannot accept anti-Semitism and anti-Judaism when our faith is built on the Jewish faith. Having the USCCB opens its doors and meeting stop to help further the education that we will provide shows a commitment to end these behaviors.
Day 5 offered so much, that I’m still processing what I took in. I do know that I have a lot to do in my classroom to make our classroom an environment. I know that the real difference will begin with my own actions. I cannot set expectations for my students when I’m not meeting the expectations myself. We as teachers need to model the behaviors we want to see from our students. Challenge yourself and then challenge your students!