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 criticism on social media. Some fans invited him to leave the state.  And worse.
 
Judie Offerdahl is a teacher at Northpoint Elementary 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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  • sofiap-3-bar
    1/20/2016 - 03:15 p.m.

    The first grade teacher turned a negative moment into a positive one. Minnesota Vikings fans were make mean comments on social media because player Blair Walsh missing a 27-yard field goal that could have given the team a winning playoff. First grade teacher ,Judie Offerdahl, thought of this as a teachable moment for her students. She had her First grade students write notes to Walsh with words of kindness. One kid said, "I know it can be hard to get through the tings that are sad , but you have to try and try again." I thought this was a small but interesting article.

  • ritav-hol
    1/20/2016 - 03:29 p.m.

    Ithe shows you won't always get things on your first try so, try try again.

  • colek-1-bar
    1/20/2016 - 05:45 p.m.

    The first frame teacher turned a negative into a positive by making the mistake a teaching moment. When the teacher heard/saw the criticism toward the Viking kicker, the teacher taught the kids that, "'Everyone makes mistakes sometimes.'" (paragraph 4). This teaches kids that even famous pro football kickers can make mistakes sometimes. Everyone is human, and no on is perfect. This is a very good inspiration to teach kids at a young age, and the teacher saw the opportunity and took it. I thought this article was interesting and found that kids writing letters to Blair Walsh surprising.

  • virginiam-2-bar
    1/20/2016 - 06:34 p.m.

    The first grade teacher turned a positive into a negative by teaching her students to always be nice and never give up. One of her students wrote on a sign "…but you have to try and try again, everyone makes mistakes."(paragraph 4) This quote proves that the teacher is encouraging students to never give up and to always keep trying. She also teaches them to be nice to people, even if they make mistakes.

    I think this was a great idea for a teacher to do. She was be kinda and teaching her children all at the same time. Even thought he messed up, getting these letters will make him feel better!

  • lilyg-2-bar
    1/20/2016 - 07:01 p.m.

    The first grade teacher turned a negative into a positive by having his students learn that you will make mistakes and that it is okay. "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." This interested me because I'm a Vikings fan and that was a miserable game to watch.

  • kevinb-1-bar
    1/20/2016 - 08:48 p.m.

    The teacher turned it into a positive day because they turned something bad into something good. The teacher made the Viking feel better by having the kids right letters to him explaining why he should be happy and not sad. The text says, ""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." this shows that the kids are trying to cheer up Blair Walsh by righting him a letter. The teacher turned the negative to positive by doing this. What I thought about this article was that it was super kind of the teacher to do this!!

  • samuelh-3-bar
    1/20/2016 - 08:51 p.m.

    The first grade teacher tuned a negative thing into a positive thing by, getting a happy group of young kids to send him letters to make him feel better about missing the 27-yard field goal.

  • yusufh-wes
    1/21/2016 - 09:06 a.m.

    She turned from a negative to a positive by turning it into a teachable moment.

  • tylerm1-wes
    1/21/2016 - 09:07 a.m.

    The first grade teacher turned a negative into a positive by using it in a lesson in empathy.

  • yunk-wes
    1/21/2016 - 09:14 a.m.

    The first grade teacher turn a negative into a positive by making lesson more teachable moment.

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