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This week’s prompt is “Other”:
When I reflect on what my life is all about or what I am drawn to, it is making people feel less the “other” and more the “we”. I am made extremely uncomfortable when I witness individuals being left out or excluded from a group. Perhaps it is because of my own memories of feeling like the “other” – not fitting in quite right in elementary school and middle school and even high school. I constantly sought ways to embrace the “we”: being part of teams, joining the pep squad, doing Student Body government, etc. I wanted so badly to be part of something larger than myself and to bring others along for the ride.
I consider my teaching pedagogy to be one of building community amongst my students. I am a champion of Speech and Debate being a community for its members, both coaches and students. I hope that my Girl Scout troop is one that makes the girls feel part of a community. Why is this my concern and my emphasis? I’m not really sure.
I do know that some people are not only comfortable, but empowered being the “other”. They like to stand out, to rebel to resist. I am not one of those people. I don’t think most people are one of those people. I think that most would like to feel a part of a “we”. Community, kindness, care, compassion and concern for “others” is important, because that is what turns “others” into “us”.