Morning Friend and Slicers,
I am still thinking about the workshop I recently presented for the Hudson Valley Writing Project’s Orientation, preparing our upcoming Summer Institute #12 Cohort. Coincidentally, I was also in the process of working on my long over-due documentary video focusing on the great summer program that Rebecca Burdett, a HVWP teacher consultant has been leading for four summers.
The week before, during the first Orientation session the group watched a TED talk focusing on the dangers of one story fits all. Here it is if you haven’t seen it:
I don’t know that I would have pushed myself to finish my video but connecting Rebecca’w work in this era of one story fits all teachers told by politicians, businessmen and the media, fueled my usual procrastination to keep working for Saturday and beyond.
And this morning, thinking more about how teachers can tell their own stories I read that Bill Gates has been working on helping us improve by moving away from high stakes tests ( wasn’t he a champion for “the test”?) and focusing on teacher evaluations.
I thinking too about a post that Ruth shared yesterday on sharing your story.
We have power now in telling our own stories. Who knows what you do in your classroom?
I’m fired up and ready to create more pieces 🙂 In fact my camera is charged and ready to capture more teacher stories today at Dover Middle School.