Today I learned a lesson in my classroom from a student. I remembered that I need to remember the few students in my classroom that celebrate different celebrations throughout the year.
This Friday my class is going on a field trip for science. I also was reminded that this Friday was Eid. oh no!! I scheduled a field trip on an important religious holiday. How could I forget? I spent the last few years ensuring that these things didn’t happen to students and now I have done it myself. 🙁
Additionally while talking to this student about Friday another student asked ‘What’s Eid’. Oh no!! not only did I forget but my other students don’t know what this celebration is. I believe that all celebrations should be recognized and celebrated not just the celebrations of the majority.
Well this pushed me to action today. As a school we need to make all teachers and students aware of these important holidays. In my previous schools I included these on the staff calendar and we made announcements the day before outlining important information and wishing students a happy holiday.
I have included it here for you. I would ask that all of you include these in your morning announcements. To build a culture of respect and understanding. It will make a world of difference to the few we so often forget.