My students and I are watching the inauguration. My kids seem to have an opinion about everything! This is a great moment in our history so I asked a few students to share with me how they felt. Here’s what they had to say:
This is history! We shouldn’t have to come to school ever again on this day! ~Howard
It’s a new beginning. ~Donte
I am happy to be alive to witness a Black man become president. ~Fernando
On November the 4th I realized that I could be anything. There are no more excuses that can be made by anyone in this country. Hope is alive! ~Brian
It’s a beautiful thing. I really want to shed a tear. (two seconds later) I mean I’m happy to have a Black president and all, but really it’s not that deep! ~Iesha
I think he will make things better for all Americans. ~Ashley
I don’t know what to think! I can’t even express the way I feel. ~Dasha
I hope he will make college more affordable. ~Makailya
It’s amazing! ~Maurice
Barack O’bama is a rock star! ~Dashae
He has set a standard for Black people. ~Montice
My only wish is that my lost loved ones were here to witness the day with me.
In my Etymology class the kids are currently working on a project regarding the history of names. They started by finding the meaning of their own names. I knew already that I share my name with a country in Africa. But I didn’t know that it is also defined as “a fine, pebble-grained leather made from goatskin tanned with sumac!”
Now I don’t know about the goatskin leather part, but I like that Morocco is described as a beautiful kingdom!
I began to do a little research of my own as I entered various names of people I know into the database. Eliza was one of them. Her name in Arabic means “light.” In Greek it means “pity.”
The students had to select five friends and/or family names to research. Part of the assignement was to determine if the name fitted the person by including a paragraph containing examples supporting their claims.
Eliza’s name is fairly appropriate. I find that she does have some “light” in her. I see her “light” when she faithfully writes her children every week. She is “light” when she smiles. Being of help to others is another way that she displays the meaning of her name. She helped raise her brother’s daughter when her assistance was needed. Eliza’s “light” shines when she walks with God and tries to find her way through life.
The other meaning fits as well. She is a pitiful being–one evoking sympathy. Even though I am often overwhelmingly angry at her; it is tempered with much compassion. She has experienced a hard, tragic life. Eliza’s innocence was stolen and she was forced to grow up too soon. I too pity her because she has yet to realize that she has the power to overcome her past.
Does your name fit you?