Parents of little ones can relate: "All right, make sure you go over there and apologize. Do it the RIGHT way, and make sure that you mean it!"
I've tried to do it a little bit different in class. Here's how it goes (and we discuss it often).
If someone does something that offends another person, we discuss it first to see what the problem is. Then, after getting to the bottom of it, I allow that person to apologize... telling them that it is the other person's right to either forgive you or not.
Now, keep in mind, they almost always apologize, and in all of the years that I've given them the choice of "forgiving"... I don't think anyone has not forgiven the person.
I even apologize when I make a mistake, forget something, do something different that I said I would do... and the students (usually in unison) say..."We forgive you."
What a great feeling.
It's a great feeling to know that you're human ... and that you make mistakes, and that people (in this case, children) can forgive you and move on. Isn't that what life is all about? Learning from your mistakes?
I think my students feel the same way, too.
Way too many times we allow them to instead say..."It's OK" once the child apologizes.
However, it's NOT ok.
So, having said all of that... I sincerely apologize for not keeping up with my 185 blogs in 185 days. I could lay out all of these excuses (most of them which are pretty valid in my opinion)... but the bottom line is that I started off strong... and haven't kept up with what I said I was going to do. My plan now is to "get back up on the blogging horse" and continue on until the finish.
I hope that you can forgive me, because remember...it's not OK.
If you do forgive me, then I hope you can follow along for the next 70+ school days and finish the school year strong with me.
I'm excited to share some pretty cool stuff.