Sunday, February 18, 2018

One Teacher’s Brilliant Strategy to Stop Future School Shootings—And It’s Not About Guns

Every Friday afternoon, she asks her students to take out a piece of paper and write down the names of four children with whom they’d like to sit the following week. The children know that these requests may or may not be honored. She also asks the students to nominate one student who they believe has been an 
exceptional classroom citizen that week. All ballots are privately submitted to her.

And every single Friday afternoon, after the students go home, she takes out those slips of paper, places them in front of her, and studies them. 
She looks for patterns.

Who is not getting requested by anyone else?

Who can’t think of anyone to 

Who never gets noticed enough 
to be nominated?

Who had a million friends last week and none this week?

You see, Chase’s teacher is not looking for a new seating chart or “exceptional citizens.” Chase’s teacher is looking for lonely children. She’s looking for children who are struggling to connect with other children. She’s identifying the little ones who are falling through the cracks of the class’s social life. She is discovering whose gifts are going unnoticed 
by their peers. And she’s pinning down—right away—who’s being bullied and who is doing the bullying.

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Unknown said...

These are great teachers and this strategy may work for most children. But what about those who are like the Las Vegas shooter or for that matter the one at Parkland. Nikolas had other things going on in his brain.

Schools are a factory in many cases. There are wonderful teachers out there but the pressure to teach to tests, and to test to tests gets in the way. That factory doesn't have time or resources to do in depth mental health quality control or to keep teachers of this article's quality. And Public Education has have had its Federal support cut by DeVos.

The FBI did drop the ball on Cruz but there too, money is a problem. You can not do adequate oversight if you lack the personnel to .

Unknown said...

This is a good link that in a way builds on this article.