From the Archives | In Pursuit of Perfection: Lessons from 4th Graders on Flexibility and Improvisation
August 8, 2023
By being flexible, I spent less time working to make my “perfect” plan fit the students, and instead allowed myself to read the vibe of the class and take the lesson in a different direction, if need be.
During my first year of service, I saw my personal artistry and teaching artistry as separate practices...[but] I’ve recently started to reconcile my personal artistry and teaching artistry, noticing that the concepts in the lessons I teach spring out of the ideas that drive my personal practice.
Part of studying Phillis Wheatley is studying art as a form of belonging and agency...I want my students to see their own writing as a way to make themselves at home, even when in a school, or a class, or a community that may not be a comfortable place.