As an aspiring poet, I wanted to become alluring. As a teacher-to-be, I soon figured out that the mystery within allure does not help the teacher. As I teach, I gravitate toward speaking sentences that will help set an atmosphere of connectivity. Mystery in the education setting creates barriers and misunderstandings. My humanity is behind my mystery, and students need to be able to see that.
To get my students’ attention, I usually ask them questions that will allow them to share their experiences. I’ll ask questions like the following. Who has been bullied? Who has bullied? Who has witnessed a classmate be bullied? I want them to see that they have similarities. And if they don’t, I want them to learn from each other’s experiences about things that have been unexplained to them such as why do students bully.