In last week’s post I highlighted only a scant portion of the work and conversations playing out in classrooms across Kansas City. As teachers have had to play with time in creative ways to fit this work in around testing, some were able to get started sooner than others. This week student work kept rolling in as teachers launched, and to truly encompass all that this work means to our teachers, students, and city, I have to share.
- Our participating classrooms connected with each other across the city.
At our “Launch Meeting” we decided we wanted students to have an idea of who they are working beside before actually meeting. So, we set up buddy classrooms and teachers decided what forum they wanted to use to connect their classes. Below are one class’s letters shared from the students and teachers.
- Student used the self portraits they created reflecting their skin tone and the book, The Best Part of Me by Wendy Ewald to reflect and write about the best part of each of them.
- Students wrote poetry reflecting on the importance of their skin, highlighting all it does and can do beyond its color.
Get ready for Week 2! Post coming soon!