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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After many Minnesota Vikings fans ripped kicker Blair Walsh for missing a 27-yard field goal that could have given the team a win in a playoff game, some first-graders used it as a lesson in empathy.
Walsh's miss in a 10-9 loss to Seattle on Jan. 10 drew intense vitriol on social media, with some fans inviting him to leave the state -- and worse.
Judie Offerdahl, a teacher at Northpoint Elementary in the Minneapolis suburban of Blaine, 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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  • holdeno-3-bar
    1/19/2016 - 06:53 p.m.

    The teacher made a negative positive by turning the experience into a lesson. After explaining the missed kick, the author comments that "[the teacher] used it as a lesson in empathy" (par. 1) After Blair Walsh missed the field goal, he took a lot of demeaning content from people across the U.S. The teacher made this better by telling students the right thing to do.
    I enjoyed this article because it dealt with football, one of my favorite sports.

  • briannec-ste
    1/21/2016 - 04:45 p.m.

    I was watching the game and also yelling at the screen when he missed that game winning field goal but that teacher helped turn something that every one though to be so bad and horrible into something her kids could work with. Kids don't really know why people get sad but they do like to be a part of the reason people are happy, the teacher made a bad thing good.

  • ShawnaWeiser-Ste
    1/21/2016 - 05:01 p.m.

    The kicker did made a terrible mistake but its not fair for him to get so many negative comments about it. I do show sympathy for him and there's always next year unless the coach decides to get rid of him. I hope this teacher gets praised for teaching her students to respect others.

  • noahf-bru
    1/26/2017 - 01:00 p.m.

    According to the article ¨Vikings provide 1st graders a ´teachable moment´, the first graders turned a negative into a positive. Based on the text, it says that they did it by writing letters to him saying that it is okay, everyone makes mistakes, they know it is hard to get through things that are sad, and you have to keep trying. In conclusion, I learned that any moment can be a teachable moment for kids and that you can turn anything into positive feeling.

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