Tessa looked out over the ridge. For miles and miles all she could see were trees. She would never find the shore of the island. She couldn’t remember how she got here and certainly didn’t know how she was going to leave. At least she knew, with the waterfall in the distance as her sure proof, there was fresh water here. Tessa knew to drink sparingly lest get some sort of parasitic or bacterial infection from unfiltered water. Maybe she would find some belongings down near the falls. She couldn’t believe she had just dropped down here with nothing other than the clothes on her back.
I think everyone deserves a second chance but that doesn’t mean they have to take it! People screw up in life and sometimes just do dumb things. If they feel badly about what they did, they will show remorse. If they don’t care one way or another, then why should I? It is almost like saying thank you. Thank you for what? Forcing youngsters to say thank you means nothing unless they know what they are thankful for. Sometimes you’ll get a little one that says they are not thankful! Haha, so cute!
Anyhow, I don’t believe that coercion or other means of forcing someone are giving a second chance. I think if that is the case then we need to reexamine our needs. Maybe it is us that wants the second chance. Maybe we want better for someone else. Well, you can’t want it more than they do!
Overall, if they want it, I’d give a second chance, but I’m not begging anyone to let me give them a second chance.
It is 2020 and technology keeps the world spinning. What would we do without email or texting? What about now, in isolation, without facetime or even just the mobile phone? Not everyone has the latest gadgets or gizmos, which is fine.
What does this have to do with education?
Children nowadays don’t write for fun. They may text for fun, but with the abbreviations and slang they really aren’t learning the language correctly. In the midst of isolation and social distancing, write a letter! I know, the inconvenience of buying stamps can be a turn off but if you buy a few to have on hand, children can write to family and friends so easily and feel so good about it!
Writing letters is so different than speaking to people on the phone. When you write a letter you often go back and reread what you wrote. You may erase something or reword it, because it sounds awkward. You might write a whole page on what your new stuffed animal looks like and what it’s name is. This is all learning to write! It is using grammar, punctuation, spelling, learning about adjectives, nouns, verbs…They may not all be 100% correct, which is okay to, it is this practice that helps to develop the ability to then go and edit your own work.
One of the beautiful things about writing letters and sending them in the old “snail-mail” is that sometimes you get a letter back! And who doesn’t love getting mail that you actually WANT to open?
Encourage kids of all ages to write to family members. Give them ideas of things to write about…..
Things they are doing at home to keep busy
Work they have completed for an online assignment.
Favorite television shows or even video games.
For any topic there are so many things that can be said. They might want to tell an uncle about the video game they are playing. Have them write down what the object of the game is or what you have to do to move forward in the game. They might want to tell Grandma about the book they just read. Instead of just writing the title, write a book review. How many stars would they give the book?
Get kids interested in expanding their ideas and really making those ideas grow into new ideas. This is one of the best teaching strategies you can do at home!!