They say that children spend more time in school with their teachers than at home with their parents. As such, educators take up a special role as they make an impact in the lives of their students.
For Karen Wunderlich Loewe, caring for her students means breaking the ice at the start of the school year through this “baggage activity,” which she conducted after “establishing that the classroom would be a respectful place where ideas were valued, students would speak individually, and kindness.”
"I asked the kids what it meant to have baggage, and they mostly said it was hurtful stuff you carry around on your shoulders," she wrote in the post, which had over 425,000 shares on Tuesday evening. "I asked them to write down on a piece of paper what was bothering them, what was heavy on their heart, what was hurting them, etc. No names were to be on a paper. They wadded the paper up, and threw it across the room."
The said activity changed the dynamic of the students within their classroom.
"They don't interrupt or talk down to each other," she said. "They're not rude. It's completely, completely changed how they treat each other...I wish I would have done this years ago. It's been so good."
As Loewe shared her story on her Facebook account, it went viral and people started to ask her for tips on how she conducted the activity successfully.
Photo Credits: Karen Loewe