A Helping Hand

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Fall 2017
If you have one true friend you have more than you share.
-Thomas Fuller

During lunch time Micah could hardly stay awake. After a few moments of battling with sleep his head slowly began to tilt to the side until his face plopped on the table. Clara sitting next to him looked at him with a bewildered expression until a sense of compassion took over, she reached to tap him on his back to wake him.

Ms. Patti: ¿Que pasa Clara? (What happened?) Clara: Cama, cama. (Bed, bed).

Ms. Patti: Creo que tu amigo estacansado. ¿Qué deberíamos hacer? (I think your friend is tired, what should we do?)

Clara: Dentro cama. (Inside bed.)

Micah: Mi cama. (My bed.)

Ms Patti: ¿Clara quieres ayudar a tu amigo ir a dormir? (Clara would you like to help your friend go to sleep?)

Clara: Si. (Yes.) Clara got up from her seat assisted Micah up from his chair and held his hand, walked him inside the classroom and helped him lie down onto his cot for a nap and placed a blanket over him. 

Clara got up from her seat assisted Micah up from his chair and held his hand, walked him inside the classroom and helped him lie down onto his cot for a nap and placed a blanket over him.

Teacher Reflection

The sympathy that Clara shows Micah is a social skill that in this case not only did it require recognizing Micah’s perspective, but the message she conveyed to the rest of her peers. These small gestures have a large impact on a child as they begin to create their classroom community there are more instances of caring, empathy, and being aware of each others needs this which can carry on to adulthood.