Natasha at Tending Bulbs has issued the perfect March invitation to all of us to join her in building a dream school of fellow slicers.
What would you teach?
We’ll have to be a K-12 school, because I teach 12th-grade students. I could maybe teach 11th graders, but that is as young as I want to go. Just imagine the writing and reading 12th graders would do if they’d learned in a literacy studio or workshop classroom since kindergarten!
What’s your teaching superpower?
Persistence! Not with tasks, sadly, but with people.
What’s one poster you’ll have on your walls?
I have several images of and quotes from Angela Davis hanging on my classroom walls, and I’d bring those along.
What music will we hear coming from your classroom?
Lo-fi hip-hop study beats all day long except when I’m talking!
What will your favorite writing celebration of the year be?
A spoken word poetry slam, of course!
What food offering would you bring to the teachers’ lounge?
I’d bring a paleo treat to encourage everyone who is trying to cut out the grains. Maybe these Paleo Chocolate Chip Tahini Blondies?
What book will you share with us?
We’d study Shane Safir and Jamila Dugan’s Street Data as a group so that we’ll be ready to collect a rich array of data to showcase the deep learning of our students and help us determine next steps.
What tradition will you want our school to start?
An annual visiting writers program! We’d read and study their works first, and then they’d visit the school and lead writing workshops for students and teachers. Dream guests: Jason Reynolds and Clint Smith.
Which other slicer would you want for your work spouse?
All of the high school ELA teachers please! Since Trina will be teaching seniors next year, we could co-teach!
Thanks again to Natasha at Tending Bulbs for a super fun invitation and a great idea for a slice on a morning when I wasn’t feeling very inspired. Who else would like to accept her invitation to build a dream school?
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