“If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.”
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I want to build spaces where...
I want to build spaces where each person is visible to me and to everyone else--and, most importantly, to themselves. Students should sense their own unique power and potential. In this classroom, each is known and understood, recognized and valued.
I want to build spaces where the wisdom in the room is uncovered and the experience and knowledge of students becomes a powerful engine for our work. They become authors, artists, intellectuals, scientists, composers, healers, architects, inventors, creators, citizens.
I want to build spaces where the insistently social nature of learning is honored, where knowledge and power are shared and not hoarded. Knowledge, like love, is something you can give away without losing a thing.
I want to build spaces where intelligence--broad, open, multidimensional--is just assumed, and where the flow between family, community, culture, and classroom is seamless. There must be a range of ways to succeed. Multiple interests to pursue. A variety of contributions to make.
I want to build spaces where there's a lot of room to ask questions of the world, to interrogate common sense. To challenge the orthodox. Why? Why? Why? I want my classroom to be unsettled in this way. I want students to have a sense of curiosity and wonder and astonishment.
I want to build spaces that nourish our imagination, sense that the world is big and delicious, and fragile and precious, dynamic and always in flux. Another world is possible--and inevitable--and we can participate and impact the future.
I want to build spaces where students are nurtured and challenged in the same gesture, where they have full access to all the literacies of our time and place, and where they also develop the dispositions of mind that will allow them to shape and reshape the world.
I want to build spaces where life is lived in the present tense--where life in school is life itself, kindness begets kindness, accomplishment repeats itself. I try to develop a permanent readiness for the marvelous.
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