A message from a teacher who made a student sleep in class for a kind reason went viral online.
Teachers spend time developing lesson plans and trying to keep students engaged in learning. The least a child can do is what happens in class, right?
But high school English teacher Monte Siri sees it differently. In a Twitter thread, he explained why he didn’t take it personally that her student Meg had fallen asleep and why he didn’t wake her up.
Screenshot via MonteSyrie/Twitter.
Meg forgot her essay in class because she took a nap, but she turned it in that night. “I didn’t hit her for it, and I didn’t have to hit her,” he wrote. “In another room, Meg might have been penalized for sleeping in her class and given zero points for her absence and writing, but she was in the other room, not me.” I was in the room of
Silly noted that sometimes you need to “trust your instincts, even if it goes against the grain.”
Meg is a good student and has a lot of work to do. She has a zero hour class before regular class and does some farm work before that. She does track and field. And she’s a teen with all the social, academic, and life pressures that come with it.
Silly teaches second grade English in Cheney, Washington. Photo courtesy of Monte Syrie.
And she’s not alone. During the school year, teens experience higher levels of stress than adults, and many students report feeling exhausted trying to cope with it all.
“I think the biggest thing people forget about high school students is that they’re kids,” Silley says. “They are children — Children who have to grow up too fast and are under too much pressure in and out of school…even for the brightest and brightest people, the pressure can be overwhelming. ”
Silly’s compassionate story resonated with people. Because we are all in a position to need a little grace.
Silly’s tweet continued, illustrating how teachers can show kindness and understanding to their students. “I can’t give Meg a math class later in the day. You can’t get rid of teenage troubles,” he pointed out. But you can give her a break. ”
Silly says she tries to treat all her students that way. “I strongly believe that one-size-fits-all is madness, so I trust my intuition, trust what I know, and tailor it to each student,” he says. “Regardless of our responsibilities, life is tough and we all need grace from time to time.”
Silly said the response was overwhelmingly positive from both students and teachers, although there were some negative comments.
Silly has a word for those who say putting students to sleep in class doesn’t prepare them for the “real world.”
Some may wonder if it’s a good idea to let students sleep during class without any consequences. Siri replied:
“We’re not working in factories and knocking out standardized products,” he says. “We help young people, unique individuals, learn about themselves and their world. So when young people face the inevitable pressures of growing up, we respond with empathy. need to do it.”
“And if that doesn’t prepare them for the ‘real world’, as some have suggested, then maybe the world needs to change. I live in a world of empathy. That’s the world I want to live in.”
Read more about how Syrie is reimagining education. his website.
This article was originally published on 06.01.18