It’s not an easy time to be an American in the aftermath of our recent election. Trump supporters are celebrating, some in inappropriate ways. Clinton supporters are protesting, some also in inappropriate ways. The grownups have taken strong sides, and the children are watching, listening, and unfortunately mirroring some of the most inappropriate activities.
The past week has been a difficult one in which to face a classroom. The weeks ahead do not promise to be much easier. It might be a good time to stop, breathe, and think. One of the most cathartic and often healing activities that I use myself and have long used with students is letter writing. Sometimes the letters are emailed or snail mailed, but often they are not even sent. The writing of the letter alone is a reflective time, allowing the writer to say what is on his/her mind. It’s a chance to put it all out there without fear.
Included in this resource:
Templates for students’ brainstorming or to be used as actual letters
Lined and unlined, color and grayscale writing papers
Suggestions for additional thoughts to add to letters
Mailing addresses, in case some would like to actually mail them.
Wishing you and your students peace and healing in the days ahead.