Language of the Trees – 3

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  1. Mmm. I’m listening, Ben. I have a new student, a boy whose mother obviously is forcing him to take tutoring lessons in English after some bad grades. He came in at first with this enormous chip on his shoulder. I’m using The Mighty with his group of very weak students. I’m not doing Star of the Day or anything personal because these kids aren’t ready to expose themselves in any way. But the film is about two boys that didn’t fit in, that were called Freaks by the others. And today the boy came in early so while we were waiting we watched a bit that we had seen last week and he was following and smiling and remembering what we had said last week. The film touches so many people and I think a good film can be a way to communicate. By honoring the freaky heroes of the film, we’re honoring what is freaky in others ; All this to say that communication doesn’t have to be direct or personal, but when we show our students what is important to us, we’re communicating that they can be important to us. I don’t know if I’m making sense … it’s three in the morning.

    1. “All this to say that communication doesn’t have to be direct or personal, but when we show our students what is important to us, we’re communicating that they can be important to us.”

      So we expose a little of our hearts and they get to do the same. That’s so sweet.

      The entire Language of Trees series of posts is lovely, and so timely with our recent assessment discussions.

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