Vikings provide 1st graders a “teachable moment”
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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COMMENTS (44)
  • tylerr2-bel
    1/21/2016 - 02:05 p.m.

    By writing to him and saying everyone makes mistakes.

  • darianv-3-bar
    1/25/2016 - 07:13 p.m.

    The first grade teacher turned a negative into a positive by turning the loss into a teachable moment. "She saw a teachable moment for her first-graders. So the students grabbed their magic markers and started drawing and writing." she taught that everyone makes mistakes and to always persevere. I think this article is really cool because the children made cards for the viking player to cheer him up.

  • peterh-cam
    1/29/2016 - 01:10 a.m.

    The teacher made their class to write a letter to say that everyone does a mistake and you can try it again

  • junk-cam
    1/30/2016 - 01:31 a.m.

    The first grade teacher felt bad about the situation but she saw that his students wrote a letter to the player to cheer him up.

  • colen-hol
    2/01/2016 - 12:37 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.

  • johnv-wal
    4/29/2016 - 01:53 p.m.

    I saw this play the next morning on espn, and the people on the show was so mad! They couldn't believe he missed the field goal, but the teacher turned this into a positive moment by letting the kid now that if you fail at something you showed get back up and try again till you get it. Also, she turned into a good teaching moment by letting the kids know that you should never discourage someone if they mess up or do something wrong. You want to try to help that person so they could get it right the next time!

  • brittanym-san
    1/17/2017 - 05:08 p.m.

    It's pretty cool that a kid wrote that for a football player. With out the teachers permission. And help from any adult. It was a first grader who did it him. Or her self and cute

  • marianav-san
    1/17/2017 - 05:11 p.m.

    So I think he like football. Also it hurt a lot when you get hit. Also you can loses games. Also you can get hurt.

  • miah-san
    1/17/2017 - 05:15 p.m.

    A first grade teacher turn a negative into a positive becaseuthe first graders have used a lesson in emethy.A first grade teacher turned a negative into a positive because she saw teachable moment of her first graders.A first grade teacher turned a negative into a positive because she grabbed their magic markers and started drawing and writing.A first grade teacher turned a negative into a positive because everyone makes mistakes.

  • vanessar-san
    1/17/2017 - 05:17 p.m.

    By making a negative comment into a non-negative comment. The comment said things like try try again and every one makes mistakes. And the first grader made that such a reachable thing to other people.

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