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The Daily Dash: December 2 2015 {Befriend “That Kid”}

In today’s Daily Dash video, December 1 2015,My students’ final speeches yesterday really made me pause & want to act …

The Daily Dash: December 2 2015 {Befriend “That Kid”}

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IN MY LIFE:
* Yesterday my students began giving their final speeches – it is truly my favorite time of year and the reason I teach this class. Not only do I hear about their personal achievements, struggles and moments that have shaped who they are, but they make me pause and reflect on my own life.

One such speech was from a student who said he was “that kid”, the kids everyone’s parents said not to befriend or play with. I wish you could have heard first-hand the affect that had on him. Just last week, I had lunch with Britton in the cafeteria and noticed three different boys having to sit by themselves eating lunch. I’ve heard about some of the negative things they did, but it still broke my heart to see them by themselves.

I said to my son in the moment, “They may have made mistakes, but I don’t think shaming them is going to make them want to change”. I’m guilty of telling my kids to keep their distance from trouble making kids, but thanks to being involved in my kids’ school-life and my student’s speech, I’m rethinking how we talk about this and act towards classmates…and I hope you will too.

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The Daily Dash: December 2, 2015 {Befriend "That Kid"}

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