This has been on my mind for quite some time now. It started a week back when the “walk-out” was taking place in schools. The night before, I came upon a picture on Facebook that invited students to #walkupnotout. Honestly, I took some time and I thought about it and felt really inspired by the message. This is what I did about it..
In my student teaching experience that next day, I heard kids all over the school talking about the walk out. I mean I could hear it from outside in the halls. I received an email of how the teachers should deal with the situation, so once it was brought up in class, I then told the students that if they were to participate then they were to meet in a certain location. HOWEVER, after I told them what I was told to say, I added in another mini-talk. With the class still talking and being their restless jr. high selves, I began talking… And by the end there was pure silence in that room.
So, I turned to the board and wrote #walkup.
I told them, I challenge you to #walkup to 17 people today. You are to spend 17 minutes outside for the walk out? So, I’m sure you could spend 17 minutes in between classes. I want you to #walkup to those 17 people today, 14 students and 3 teachers. And, I want you to talk to them. I want you to ask how their day is going. See what is on their mind. Show them you are grateful for them. You know that person in one of your classes that sits in the back misbehaving the whole period? Go talk to them. That person that walks down the hall trying to go unnoticed? Ya, go talk to them. THANK your teachers for still being here with the circumstances that are happening in the world. So, ya. I want to challenge you to #walkup to 17 people today.
After, I got done speaking, I felt the power I had just laid down on the students. The room was silent. Some with tears forming in their eyes. I still get chills thinking about that moment. We were all inspired. One student looked me in the eyes, full of emotion, and said “Thank you.” Each student’s soul seemed to be screaming “Thank you!” Because you know what? That is all they needed to hear.
All they needed to hear was that it’s okay to be the difference. It’s okay to stand up and be the change you want to see. You don’t need to just walk out of class to make a difference. You can sit in your freaking chair and make a difference, if you put forth the effort.
Now, I’m writing this blog because I want to share this message. You don’t have to be high up in the ranks to make a difference. If you want to make a change, start with yourself. And I am not by any means trying to say walking out of class was the wrong thing to do because I know many people truly did want to make a difference. I just want people to know that sometimes you can make a change that will truly do good instantly.
With this said, be the change you want to say and make a difference. I’m a pretty shy person, so getting up and making a difference is hard for me sometimes, but I am so #grateful for blogging and also my teaching experience to help me make a difference to those around me.
Lets start spreading love and inspiring those around us.