Day 43 (of 188) Day of Masks
Masks in Education
Hallowe’en always bring forth a wide variety of masks and costumes. Not as many Frozen costumes as I anticipated this year (might be a different story tonight!) and some opportunities to be very creative – from the kind who built a cardboard Gridlock costume to my own son and his Dr. Who costume (we did deflect his original idea to do a costume change each school break (not bad for a high anxiety learner!):
(I will add my girls costumes as I get pictures of them)
We all wear “masks” for different roles connected to education: dad, teacher, principal, etc etc. Sometimes we are fierce and scary; often supportive and kind – usually changing our ‘masks’ frequently during the day. Sometimes masks help us make quick changes – going from a tense phone call to supporting a student in a matter of seconds. Although there are also times when removing a mask can be difficult. But we are all made up of a variety of masks to fit our ever flowing moods & for ever changing needs:
And then there is the reminder from airplane: when there is trouble, adjust your (air) mask first and then help those around you – always keep an eye on yourself.
Halloween is a good time to remember the many characters that live within us as teachers and the power that each one has as we work to enhance the journey of every learner.