Vikings provide 1st graders a “teachable moment” Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh (3) watches as he misses a field goal during the second half of an NFL wild-card football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh/Jim Mone)
Vikings provide 1st graders a “teachable moment”

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Many Minnesota Vikings fans were angry at kicker Blair Walsh. He missed a 27-yard field goal. The kick could have given the team a win in a playoff game.  But some first-graders have used it as a lesson in empathy.
Walsh's miss came in a 10-9 loss to Seattle on Jan. 10. It drew harsh anger on social media. Some fans said he could leave the state. And worse.
Judie Offerdahl is a teacher. She works at Northpoint Elementary. It is in the Minneapolis suburban of Blaine.  She saw a teachable moment for her first-graders. So the students grabbed their magic markers and started drawing and writing.
"Dear Blair Walsh," one wrote. "I know it can be hard to get through things that are sad. But you have to try and try again. Everyone makes mistakes sometimes."
Vikings spokesman Jeff Anderson told the Star Tribune newspaper that the team would make sure Walsh gets the letters.

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How did the first grade teacher turn a negative into a positive?
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  • alexian-bel
    1/21/2016 - 02:00 p.m.

    By writing to saying everyone makes mistakes.

  • ashleyc-bel
    1/21/2016 - 02:01 p.m.

    A first grade student wrote to him and said I know it can be hard to get through things that are sad, but you have to try hard. Everyone makes mistakes.

  • lindsayt-bel
    1/21/2016 - 02:01 p.m.

    The first grader turned the negative comment into a positive comment by sending him a letter saying that you can do it if you try & try again. Everyone makes mistakes.

  • silverc-bel
    1/21/2016 - 02:02 p.m.

    Because in real life, if you make mistakes you can learn from them and be better at whatever it is that you are doing.

  • elliew-bel
    1/21/2016 - 02:03 p.m.

    She saw a teachable moment and the first grader wrote a letter saying people make mistakes and saying it was ok that he missed the kick.

  • rachela-bel
    1/21/2016 - 02:03 p.m.

    She had the students make a letter for Blair Walsh

  • taylort1-bel
    1/21/2016 - 02:03 p.m.

    The first grade teacher made it in to a positive by writing letters to him nice letters to try to encourage him maybe.

  • jenniek-bel
    1/21/2016 - 02:03 p.m.

    By writing and saying everyone makes mistakes.

  • sarahj-bel
    1/21/2016 - 02:05 p.m.

    The first grade teacher turned a negative into a positive because she had the first grade teachers write letters to Blair Walsh and one student said "I know it can be hard to get through things that are sad. But you have to try again and
    again. Everyone makes mistakes sometimes."

  • jolenec-bel
    1/21/2016 - 02:05 p.m.

    The teacher wrote that all people make mistakes in life and its okay to do a mistake once or twice.

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