I really wanted my first slice of this challenge to be something uplifting and positive, however the reality of the day in my classroom today leads me down another road. This morning my school had a mandatory “lockdown” drill. In where I had to “hide” my 22 5th graders, lock and barricade my doors, and basically “practice” what we would do if there was an active shooter in the building, but it wasn’t safe to leave.
Can I just say that in light of what’s happening in our country with school shootings this “practice drill” was emotional for my students as well as for me. 😦 My are 11 years old and unfortunately, they get what we are doing with these drills, and why. I feel like these practices just cause them more anxiety. We can’t just have a drill and go about our day teaching, like we can with a fire drill. The students had questions (good ones) and concerns (valid ones) and the reality of the situation is that there is no “DEFINITIVE” way or GUARANTEE that we would be able to keep them all safe if we ever were in a real, active shooter situation. They know it and we know it, and that is just scary.
Of course, we will do everything we can to protect them, to keep them safe. We will try our best, but the truth is, it might not be enough. Sigh. It’s such a frightening, sad, time in our country when we all have to think about these things as a possiblity, and practice for the “what ifs”. Also, as an educator to realize that on top of all the other hats we wear in our profession, that we are also responsible to try to save the lives of our students as well. It just makes me so very sad. As a mom, and as an educator. That being said, I’m going to go hug my 7-year-old now. I promise tomorrow’s slice will be more upbeat and light.Have a good night all.