Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Slice of Life Day Twenty Seven: Leaning into a Crisis

Friends.  Have you read this book?


I'll wait.  Go read this.  It won't take long. 

So, I want to talk about leaning into crisis. 

We had to lean in before we knew it was okay.

And then this book encouraged me to not shy away from the tough topics. 

So this year, when it hard topics came up, we got busy. 

This year, my students are especially interested in homelessness and how to help.  
Were first graders ready to tackle this topic?

First I applied for a Thrivent Grant.

Then I started buying fleece like it's running out!  

And the kids.  They are still tying blankets.  And they know they are helping.  The blankets will go to a local homeless organization.  

It was Smokey Daniel's Book that encouraged me not to back away from these tough topics.  
I could write for days on this book.  It is so encouraging in so many ways.  

Go get it.  



  1. What an amazing project! Good for you and your students for making the world a better place. And good for Thrivent! A friend of mine from way back.

  2. "Leaning into crisis" -- I've learned so much about the power of inquiry and listening to the wonderings and questions of students. I haven't read this book, but I own it (yes, in a dreaded stack of books I've bought because I know I "want " them). Thanks for giving me a reason to move it to the top of the pile, and even more importantly -- thanks for helping to create kids who want to solve big problems. That's definitely the purpose of education!