An Inquiry Project
AboLITionEd is a project born of the understanding that there is no one right way, it is our experience that each new piece of accumulated knowledge, and our reflections on it, shifts our story.
The question became what does culturally responsive teaching of literacy look like, feel like and sound like in practice?
We ascribe to What If thinking. Our work is experimental, innovative, radical in the practice of co-constructing our understandings of education with those with whom we teach and who learn alongside of us. We learn from our students and ourselves.
We practice patient urgency. There is much work needed to be done to create the spaces in which a Just education is accessible for all students, particularly for those historically oppressed. We know that, as we pose questions we create space for the breath of something more, the hope for more wisdom. We question our colleagues, our brains and our bodies. We remain vigilant in the belief that there are multiple ways of being.
In this space we acknowledge the bravery that is required as we experiment with new ways of being, in the pursuit of justice. Our professional inquiry is rooted in the Apprenticeship that comes from being in community with others in a risk taking, mistake making, messy professional practice. We ask of ourselves what we ask of our students - to dive in, build upon our known, remain open to new perspectives and possibilities, to act mindfully, knowing that there are almost always additional perspective to offer on any given story - and then in curiosity to start to discover what that might be. And to begin there, beginning in perpetuity....
This is an inquiry project.
The hope is to show how this work is already happening - so that it doesn't feel as much like an add-on, but more of an, "Oh - I am already starting - what might I try next..." - To truly notice and name. Interviews could be recorded, with or without video, and presented and/or transcribed. They could be written, with time - as I had for my interview with myself - for reflection. Maybe there are other ways to interview?