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"Flowers are Red"

Listen to this song, by Harry Chapin. Then, consider the questions below.

  • How does the song “Flowers are Red” relate to your experience as a teacher?
  • What does the song say about creativity and the importance of individuality in education?
  • Have you ever encountered a student like the little boy in the song who was discouraged from expressing themselves creatively? How did you handle the situation?
  • In what ways can teachers encourage and nurture students' individuality and creativity in the classroom?
  • What are some of the challenges and barriers that teachers face in creating a classroom environment that values diversity and creativity?
  • How can we help students who have been conditioned to conform to embrace their uniqueness and talents?
  • What lessons can we learn from the little boy's journey in the song, and how can we apply those lessons in our teaching practices?
  • How can we strike a balance between encouraging students to be themselves and ensuring that they are meeting academic standards and expectations?
  • What role do parents and the broader community play in supporting and promoting creativity and diversity in education?
  • What steps can we take to create a more inclusive and accepting school culture that celebrates the unique qualities and strengths of all students?

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