Kristin wanted to emphasize literacy in our work as she felt that many of her students were challenged by written expression. We will create a sadness continuum in class using news pictures and creating original artwork of “sad” things; things which might inspire someone to sing the blues. We will then write reflections about real and imagined sad experiences and use them as the basis for a class song with lyrics that fit the traditional 12-bar blues format. The students will have a better understanding of how sadness can be expressed in words, as well as music, as well as having a wider range of vocabulary for discussion of their and others’ unhappy feelings; and, I hope, a deeper sense of compassion as a result.
Kristin is in her 3rd year at Talcott teaching 5th and 6th grade language arts. She is originally from Michigan and attended Michigan State University.