Yesterday, with my 4th graders we  were writing letters to the Italian students that we are in contact with.

My students wrote about themselves first and then it was time to talk about their families..

I wrote the title on the board…

‘My Family’


We did some brainstorming together and I wrote the words on the board. While doing it, I recognised that some students weren’t writing anything down at all .. and I can’t say they looked happy either. After quickly finishing writing on the board, I started to walk around in the class and ask what was wrong.. Here are some answers I got for my question..

My mother doesn’t want me to talk about my father. So maybe I shouldn’t mention about him..

My father doesn’t live with us, should I still mention about him?

I don’t like my brother so I don’t want to write about him.

That was unexpected.. Such sad things to hear from little kids.. I didn’t actually know what to say.. I’m not even sure if there is any..

But one thing I know for sure.. Family is the one of the most important things in one’s life..

I suppose that many teachers experience these kind of issues.

So what I want to know is how did/ do you deal with these issues in your classroom ?