In 2015 I turned down a fellowship from The New York City Teaching Fellows. This included a paid master’s degree and my own classroom, but I opted instead to stay a TA and run a weekly poetry workshop with eight students in the library of the Rebecca School.
The Ultimate Crusaders was the name that first group of eight students gave itself after a summer spent in a hot, street level, resource space. Since that first summer in the library, the workshops have grown to every floor on Rebecca School. And in the past two years the workshops have published books comprised entirely of student writing and artwork.
The New York Restoration Project took notice of the workshops and with their support I teamed up with the West 150th Block Association to run weekly summer workshops in the Lucille McClarey Wicked Friendship Garden entitled Poetry in Bloom. This was the first time I brought the workshops into the community and it was an exciting change of pace that I’m happy to say will continue to happen!
Workshop Notes is an evolving blog that educators anywhere are welcome to use. It is, in essence, short hand observations, stories, lessons, and reflections from my workshops.
There is no definitive curriculum or pedagogy out there for teaching poetry and creative writing in special education classrooms. So I’ve decided to try my hand at developing one and figure I should take some notes along the way.
Thanks for following. I hope you enjoy the ride!