Opening Activity

Consider your own classroom for a moment. In your students' lives, what are you most responsible for and what can you control? What is beyond your responsibilites or control?

Discussion Questions

  1. What does the speaker mean when he tells the mother that her children "are with you yet they belong not to you"? To whom do you think the speaker believes the children belong?
  2. Why should we seek to be like our children, "but seek not to make them like" us, according to the speaker?
  3. Why are the parents described as bows? Children as arrows? Who is the archer?
  4. What are parents most responsible for in the lives of their children?
  5. The speaker says, the souls of children "dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you/cannot visit, not even in your dreams." If we cannot know the future, how can we prepare our students for what is to come?
  6. What is the speaker trying to teach the mother? Do you agree with the speaker's stance? Why or why not?
  7. What does it mean to "house the bodies" but not the "souls" of those we are responsible for?

Closing Activity

Fill in the blank: My students belong to _                                   .

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