With an emphasis on kindness, a dream year blossomed in the classroom
As more than three million New York students return to class, many of them, along with their teachers, are once again laden with anxiety and uncertainty ahead of another year of COVID-19 restrictions. As a long-time educator, I shared these fears last fall, before my principal allowed me to make this my “dream year”.
This encouragement, combined with smaller class sizes, fewer daily interruptions, and less pressure from the bureaucrats in Albany, helped me imagine and realize the potential of what my class could be. Introducing students to mindfulness lays the foundation for kindness, non-judgment, respect, gratitude, and patience with ourselves and others.