Monday, February 21, 2022

The Story of How Daisy Came to Be. . .

 Do you ever just sit in a location and absorb everything that is going on around you? 


Being an educator you see and hear things that those outside of the school walls cannot. You see pain. You see hurt. You see tears. You even see empathy.


Daisy is real. Daisy is a daughter. Daisy is a student. Daisy is the little girl sitting in the class that quietly soaks it all in; the one you didn't know was not
okay.


Every child has their own story and their own struggles, but unfortunately the behaviors of some can impact those children around them. Various interruptions can occur within a classroom, causing students to be emotionally impacted, as well as cognitively impacted.


Daisy came to be my first children's book character after watching and observing classrooms of today. Our dear children have been through so much over the past few years, which has impacted their social skills, as well the idea of what being in a school building is supposed to be like.


I've seen and shared tears with teachers as they've tirelessly returned to school day after day, only to have their classrooms destroyed. I've even witnessed classroom being evacuated to protect the safety of children.


I've had many Daisy's in my class over the years. I can say that I have been Daisy myself. I remember being in kindergarten and witnessing my substitute teacher being disrespected by my classmates. Then, as brave as can be, I stood up in front of my peers (much like Daisy does in the book) and shared with them how their actions were making me feel and our guest teacher.


So, who's your Daisy? 


Who are the children in your classroom who don't have the words to express how they are feeling as a result of the behaviors of others?


Who are the children sitting so respectfully, yet confused about what is right or wrong in the school setting?


Challenge:

I challenge you to listen to Daisy's story. 

As you read and listen to the story of Daisy, put yourself in her shoes. 

Empathize with her. 

Imagine you are her. 

Have your students imagine they're her and have them make connections to her experiences and feelings.