Reflection: Trust and Respect January 8, 2011: Why is it Important to Remember, Share, and Reflect - Section 3: Building Knowledge: January 8th, 2011 What Do We Remember?


Once we started discussing the events of January 8th, my students got really quiet.  It was clear that they were thinking and really trying to remember not only what happened on that Saturday but also all the events following the shooting.  They asked each other a lot of questions. The silent pauses were longer than normal.  Some of the students who went to the same middle school shared that they had made cards for Congresswoman Giffords and the other victims and survivors.  They said it was had to remember the difference.  Who lived and who died? One young woman pointed out that Christina Taylor Green would have been their age at the time of the shooting if she had lived.  The student requested that I pull up her memorial page on the smartboard.

The somber nature of the class was a bit unsettling for me.  I didn't want to upset them, however I did want them to consider the impact of the events of that day.  One of the students ask me not to video this part of class.  He said he was not sure why he didn't want me to film however it just didn't seem like the right thing to do.  I had already put the phone away, so I did not film any discussions after the initial conversation on community.

They trust me to share their work whether it is written or on video. I can respect the request not to be filmed today. 

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January 8, 2011: Why is it Important to Remember, Share, and Reflect

Unit 11: New Beginnings, Community Identities, and Remembrances
Lesson 2 of 8

Objective: SWBAT articulate their experiences and explore the long-term impact of the January 8th mass shooting on the Tucson community by sharing their ideas and experiences.

Big Idea: Students explore the impact of a mass shooting on our community three years later. How do we remember and memorialize of the survivors and victims of the January 8th shooting?

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