Every child can relate to the anxiety one feels when you enter a school building for the first time. So can any teacher.
We feel helpless to comfort our colleagues and their students. Their grief and sense of loss is unimaginable. And they will naturally feel anxious when they return to a different school building in January.
So when this project, Snowflakes for Sandy Hook, started circulating through email and twitter, it seemed like a way we could offer support.
The simple act of creating a paper snowflake, a most child-like gift, resonated with my students. They had all heard of the shooting, they had noticed that a patrol car now monitors our arrivals and departures, they had questions about their own safety. And they wanted to make the students from Sandy Hook feel more comfortable in their new school building.
If you are a teacher, maybe you and your students would like to add your snowflakes too.