I have been rather sporadic about my posts. And it’s time to stop that.
I’ve been a victim. I’m sad because I see what my students are struggling with, and I despair. Instead, I need to dig in. I need to see what I can do.
And I have been sad, and I’ve grieved, and now I’m ready. I think.
This week, a tragedy occurred in our district. The mother of some of our students died. I found out on a Friday. It was too little notice to rally troops.
In the Burmese community, it seems like my students call everybody within the community “cousin.” And one of my students who is by no means closely related to the family this car accident struck texted me last night to ask how we can get money to pay for the dead.
Can you imagine? Being new to the country (less than a year), struggling with the language, the laws, the weather… and then having a matriarch die? What will this family do?
And now, it’s my job to ask, “How can I help?”
It’s the job of every person. And especially, every ELL teacher.
I’ve been told I can’t save them all.
But, in the words of my good friend Suzy, I can try. And I can try to save this one. This one right here.
Let’s dig in.
So soon, I will post ways that we can help. And I will start to write again to build my base. And I will be a force.
And I can save this one.