The beauty of being a teacher is building that family feel in your classroom. The care and wonder for one another…
Yesterday during discovery learning some of my students got into magnets. They were making a list of what the magnets would and would not stick to, ultimately finding that metal was their target. When we pulled together for reflection time I had those students talk about what they had discovered. After a bit more discussion, I decided to fill them in/ask them if they thought a magnet would stick to my back.
At that moment I decided to tell my students that I have two metal rods in my back from a spinal fusion due to scoliosis. I asked if they thought the magnets would stick to the rods through my skin? They thought long and hard. While they were thinking, I decided I would throw my x-ray under the doc camera. (I think that x-ray might have sparked some new interests).
Most, if not all, did not understand my brief introduction of what scoliosis is or what my surgery entailed. I had no intentions of changing the topic, I just wanted to make them think. Instead of discussing the question, the kids immediately became more concerned with the surgery and my well being…
“Are you ok?!”
“What happened and why?”
“Does everyone get scoliosis?”
“So it looks like the letter S?”
“Does it still hurt?”
“How long did the surgery take?”
“What kind of doctor does this?……….
I stopped and took the time to answer their questions. I even let them use me as an experiment. The genuine concern in their eyes and their questions were so sincere. I had a couple of students sneak behind me at dismissal and touch my back. They told me it was bumpy and that it was okay!
I could tell a thousand more stories of their curiosity and kindhearted ways, but I will stop here for today.
Oh, and the magnet didn’t stick…if you were wondering. 🙂