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Friday, April 6, 2012

No Owls!

Have you seen all the adorable owls that are available as clip art? At first I wasn't sure I liked them but then I was thinking of jumping on the owl bandwagon.


I mean... look at how cute! Who could resist the urge to jump for long?

Then I got the bad news... no owls allowed. It is important to be aware of the variety of cultures we serve as teachers. In my community, owls represent death to many of the Native American tribes. It is offensive to include them in any way and so... I will resist the cuteness for the comfort of my students.

It also means that I have to be aware of what I purchase when I purchase teacher-made materials or other items for my classroom. I can't use anything with owls (which I accidentally brought with me to class one day).

Are there things in your area that are popular but inappropriate due to the variety of cultures represented in your classroom?

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9 Comments:

At April 6, 2012 at 6:10 AM , Blogger Kim said...

Hi Misty:

Well, you learn something new every day!
Thanks, as always, for the information...

Kim
Finding JOY in 6th Grade

 
At April 6, 2012 at 7:39 AM , Blogger Melissa said...

No owls? :( I am so glad you shared this!

 
At April 6, 2012 at 8:41 AM , Blogger Jen R. @ The Teachers' Cauldron said...

wow - really?? never heard of that before! I know Maryland doesn't didn't allow magic/wizards/wands...not even in books! (don't know if that's still true though)

 
At April 6, 2012 at 9:30 AM , Blogger Amy said...

That is really sad, they would hate my blog hehe!!! I haven't heard of any forbidden things where I teach, but every school is different.

Amy
The Crazy Adventures of a University Graduate
The Crazy Adventures of Two Quilters

 
At April 6, 2012 at 4:29 PM , Blogger Cindy Swindell said...

My schools mascot is the owl so they are everywhere!

 
At April 6, 2012 at 8:00 PM , Blogger Marcia said...

Thanks for the reminder that we do need to be ever aware of our students and the community.
On another note, I was caught in a game of tag. Now I am tagging you. Stop by my blog for the rules. I am interested in your responses.
Learning in Bliss

 
At April 6, 2012 at 9:02 PM , Blogger 3rd Grade Thoughts said...

Wow! That is something! Thankfully you found out about that beforehand bc I agree, the owl theme is everywhere! I'm not getting tired of it yet- I think they are super cute :)

~Stephanie
3rd Grade Thoughts

 
At April 6, 2012 at 10:08 PM , Blogger Erin Sample said...

That is good to know! I love all the owl clipart! I will have to be more careful now when creating.

 
At May 7, 2012 at 6:36 PM , Blogger Corrina Allen said...

So interesting! I love owl-themed things. We read Hoot in 6th grade here, so I have some cute stuff to go along with that and recently found some cool owl earrings and a bracelet from Kohls. I even considered owls for my new blog design.....
Corrina
Diary of a Sixth Grade Teacher

 

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