Sunday, April 19, 2009

To...

To the World, to Tomorrow, to Jesus, to My Cousin Who Committed Suicide, to Anticipation, to Taco Bell, to Anyone Who Will Listen, To So and So, To Whom it May Concern, To My Sisters, To Mango Street, To Poverty, To President Obama, To Missy Elliot, To Mom, To Whomever Cares about The Topic of Language, To Miss Benincosa and Hobos, To Those Listening, To Allison, To The Lord's Resistance Army, To The Reader of this Letter, To The Women of Society, To Future Generations, To Expectations, To My Conscience



The past month my classes have read The House on Mango Street. 

They've breathed in the language and seen the power there, they've worked hard on creative writing, on seeing colors and shapes and life differently than before. They had a series of five writing pieces to complete. The final one is a letter. These are just a few of the things that the letters were addressed to. I'll be sharing much more of their creative work this week as my job has stopped feeling like a job. My work doesn't feel like work. My daily existence is spent participating in so many wonderful interactions with humanity. These kids teach me and I teach them. They learn and I learn. I laugh and they laugh. The past two days we just shared our creations and it was with gratitude in my heart that I am able to do what I get to do every single day.

8 comments:

Ruahines said...

Kia ora D'Arcy,
Teaching and Learning with Passion. How amazing for you, how amazing for them, how amazing for the world. Rave on my friend.
Aroha,
Robb

jomama said...

this is amazing d'arcy. what a great job you have. i love the house on mango street. there's this one image (i read the book over 10 years ago) that always comes back into my mind, i'm pretty sure it's from the house on mango street, "clean as the paper before the poem." love it. love you. you're great.

Boquinha said...

Very, very cool. Thanks for sharing. Awesome post.

Gustav said...

Dear D'Arcy

You are inspired and inspiring. I can feel the clouds opening and the Spring Sun beaming down upon you and your students.

Michelle said...

I loved that book, I think you recommended it to me. I'm so envious of your students!

Sugar Jones said...

Your students are so lucky to have a teacher who teaches passionately and with purpose. You are amazing, my friend!

D'Arcy said...

Thanks everyone! I just love what these kids create. You know, fame is simply the luck of the crazy draw, but TALENT! Now talent is something happening all over the world. We are all creators, each creating art and atmosphere and our lives and so many things. To be in the presence of SO much creativity make me very very very happy!

Rowena said...

Thank you.

Thank you for doing what you do. I'm not doing it anymore, but it makes me feel happy to know that it's still happening in your classroom.

Rock on.