Remembering on Patriot Day

12 Sep

The students in my 4th grade class were 2 years old on September 11, 2001.  They will never remember our country as it was before 9/11.  We read a piece about 9/11 and watched a short movie about it.  As I read to them about the passengers who overcame the terrorists and crashed the plane in Pennsylvania, I became choked up.  My 4th graders looked on in concern as their teacher’s voice filled with emotion.  Their memories of this day may be the emotion I showed as I talked about it.

They were touched. I felt like I taught them something that matters.

Not a bad day on the job.


4 Responses to “Remembering on Patriot Day”

  1. jayne 12 September, 2008 at 2:31 am #

    I’ve never given thought to the fact that many kids won’t ever really know a world pre 9/11. Glad you were able to teach something with more than words.

  2. Lynne at Hasty Brook 12 September, 2008 at 4:32 am #

    They’ll remember your emotion. Trust me, you did teach them something very important Liza.

  3. KGMom 12 September, 2008 at 5:31 am #

    Good for you–it is hard to convey the depth of importance of an historical event to young children, but it is SO important to do.

  4. Susan Gets Native 12 September, 2008 at 8:24 pm #

    A good day to be sure!
    Isabelle was a month from coming from my womb, so she is pre-9/11, and Lorelei has no clue. I hope my emotions can carry the weight of what that day was like for us who lived through it. Like your emotions will carry the weight to your students. Like my Mom’s emotions carried the weight of JFK, like my grandfather’s carried the weight of Pearl Harbor.
    Good, Liza.

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