...studies suggest that our best learning happens in a state of partial knowledge. So, believing that curiosity requires both humility and a willingness to engage with the unknown helps us better serve the world around us.
Curiosity is essential for making the change we envision in the world...It’s not hard to teach our students about how the world currently is. The real challenge lies in helping the youth envision and prepare for a yet-unseen world.
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.