The model for our work as language teachers was always there – your Madonna and Child – but we missed it and put this work, this crazy work we all do for you, up in our heads and we tried to teach your jewel-gifts, your languages, by making our kids do worksheets and think about it instead of playfully swimming about in it. Those worksheets didn’t work and now we have comprehensible input and thanks for that but comprehensible input online? Yikes!
It’s not working for a lot of us and hence this supplication, this prayer, this need to just talk to you about it, to lay it all out, to tell you that some of us are really hurting, if for no other reason than just to say it.
So many of us were trying so hard to reach a lot of kids with our stories before the crisis. We were having some success. We liked the stories, and sometimes the kids like them as well, pretty much. They kind of worked. Thank you. But now what? Just askin’.