Four years ago, a fifth-grade math teacher had a simple but brilliant idea to prevent bullying. Her idea has attracted the attention of many and has continued to make waves on the Internet since.
American author Glennon Doyle recounted how Cathy Pitt, her son's teacher, a student at Sea Gate Elementary School in Florida, used a simple sheet of paper once a week to collect clues that indicated which children in her class were being left behind, felt lonely or bullied.
The teacher explains her process as follows:
I just give a card to each child. Then I say to the children, "Be sure to specify someone you want to know on the back of your cards."
So, with a secret ballot, she asks her students to showcase an outstanding classmate and some of the names of students they would like to work with in the next teamwork project.
When she had the idea of distributing these cards, it was to find out which children were being included in the group and which ones were not. Every Friday, after the students left, she went through the cards and looked for trends:
Who does not ask someone else?
Who does not even know who to ask?
Who is never noticed enough to be named?
Who had a million friends last week and nothing this week?
Although the cards clearly indicated who the most "outstanding" or most popular students were, the rarest names were the ones Cathy should and wanted to watch the most. And she was going to do it.
Glennon Doyle, whose blog post about Cathy Pitt was shared more than 4 million times the first week of her publication, said the teacher had been doing this for 20 years. That is to say, since the tragic infamous school shootings at Columbine ...
"It was that day she realized that children had to be seen," Doyle wrote. "And how they can fall through the cracks," she says.
Thanks to teachers like Ms. Pitt, fewer children and teens will fall between the cracks. Let's hope this story encourages more and more education professionals to do so much more! Sahre this story!