This was another moment I really enjoyed when reading Jane Katch’s Under Deadman’s Skin. She has some very honest moments while writing up her teacher research:
The children are discussing the recent school shooting in Littleton, Colorado, and one of the boys claims he knows about it because he went there; “The children look at him, surprised. ‘No,’ I tell him. ‘You didn’t.’ Later I thought of many better answers, but this is what I said.
‘Well, I heard it on the news, he amends his story.” (pp.113-114)
It’s such a simple, honest statement, but so true of so many teaching moments. Our answers often don’t reach for the stars in terms of teaching excellence, but I like this idea of acknowledging it openly and working on with how the children respond. I really appreciated her honesty here.
Ref: (emphases in blue bold mine) Jane Katch (c2001) Under Deadman’s Skin: Discovering the meaning of children’s violent play. Beacon Press: Boston, Massachusetts