I am participating in a class with Ali Edwards through Big Picture Classes called 31 Things. Every day includes a word, writing prompts, dig deeper prompts, a writing tip, Ali's example, and a photo challenge. In addition to the prompts, templates for a physical album and/or digital album are included. I am creating a digital album and plan to share the results here over 31 days.
day twenty-one | think
Be on their side. One of my professors in college gave this advice to a classroom filled with future teachers. He was referring specifically to students, but this phrase has been on my mind lately in a more universal sense.
Just four simple words: Be on their side. It seems so obvious. I truly AM on the same side as students, administrators, colleagues, my family, my community, Mark. So, why is it that sometimes my emotions tempt me to speak and/or act against people?
I find that lately people are quick to jump to the negative. I am not sure that social media is what causes this attitude, but it certainly gives people a convenient forum for venting. I also experience a lot of automatically negative attitudes while working with middle school students. I wonder sometimes if these attitudes are just typical adolescent angst or if they are a reflection of what the world is giving to this generation. Just one look at Facebook and I can find people complaining about inadequate snow removal, inadequate schools, inadequate police action, the list goes on and on.
I don’t want to contribute to the ugliness in the world.
I don’t want to be one of those people.
So, I have been making a conscious effort lately to be on their side, no matter who they are, no matter where I am. Whether it is on Facebook or face to face.
Just four simple words: Be on their side.