Meet Gloria who joins Jennie Fitzkee’s classroom as a friend and teacher’s assistant. She is loved by all and gets to go home for sleepovers… #recommended

A Teacher's Reflections

Gloria joined the classroom this week, and oh what a homecoming it was.  I doubt Santa Claus would receive such a welcome.  After all these years I am still amazed at the difference Gloria makes and how children are drawn to her.  It started many years ago…

You see, Gloria is different.  She is very shy and loves to wear black.  She’s not pretty on the outside, but she’s beautiful on the inside.  I knew that in order for children to learn about the world, they needed to learn about the people in the world.  And that meant introducing them to diversity… to Gloria.

Children don’t even see that she’s a puppet.  The word witch is never spoken.  It isn’t even a thought in their heads.  They see her ‘insides’; that she needs help singing the ABC’s, that she loves Maine, that she likes to be silly, and likes to…

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9 thoughts on “Gloria

  1. This is lovely way to help children resist the social pressures of stereotyping they learn from society and help them have confidence in their own perceptions and judgements.

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  2. Pingback: Gloria | Matthews' Blog

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