“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Chinese Proverb
Reflective Teacher Blog Prompt: How do you create a culture of charity?
This is a timely question for me since it has been the topic of conversation at home and I work with a population of students with many needs. Children need to understand that charity can come in many forms.
One can stop to listen and empathize with a person in need.
One can offer wisdom to a person without the life experience or guidance to see a solution.
One can do kind deeds for a person in need.
One can offer money to a person in need in person or anonymously.
Any person can be charitable and we need all forms of charity to help those in need feel valued.
I choose to teach in a school with many needs. I know that I cannot save every child from their circumstances. I do know that I can empower them to take charge of their future. I work tirelessly to rid them of a culture of the victim mentality which many of them learn at home. Giving feels good and it feels good to all. We all seek control over our lives.
I build a culture of charity in my classroom by meeting the most basic of human needs: food, safety, and love and belonging. Then my conversations about the importance of charity can be heard and applied so that these children can live a life with dignity. Sometimes a person in need truly needs a hand out to get through a particular day, but there is nothing more gratifying than helping someone come to the realization that choice is more powerful than chance.