Teaching for Change provides teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write and change the world.
By drawing direct connections to real world issues, Teaching for Change encourages teachers and students to question and re-think the world inside and outside their classrooms, build a more equitable, multicultural society, and become active global citizenery.
Yesterday I taught a class at in the Emery Center surrounded by the Talking Walls illustrations. I began the class by asking Cathy Wimet’s students what they thought the number one question people have asked me about my book Talking Walls. A student asked me if the question is about where I got the idea for the book. I said yes and told them the inspiration is right here and will tell you all about it. Doug Rawlings, who worked at UMF for over 25 years, talked to the students about his work with Veterans For Peace http://www.veteransforpeace.org/ and told the students the story behind his poem The Wall, the inspiration for my book. He read the poem and invited students to write letters to the wall as part of project begun in 2015 http://www.veteransforpeace.org/pressroom/news/2015/04/10/writing-wall-join-our-memorial-day-letter-writing-campaign. I told the students that I heard Doug read his poem at an assembly at Cony High School and right after he read it an idea popped into my head and I turned to my friend Elizabeth and told her that I just thought of an idea for a book about walls around the world and the stories they tell!
Descending into this declivity
dug into our nation’ s capitol
by the cloven hoof
of yet another one of our country’ s
Slipping past the names of those
refuse to heal
Slipping past the panel where
my name would have been
could have been
perhaps should have been
Down to The Wall’ s greatest depth
where the beginning meets the end
Staring through my own reflection
beyond the names of those
who died so young
Knowing now that The Wall
has finally found me \endash
58,000 thousand-yard stares
have fixed on me
as if I were their Pole Star
as if I could guide their mute testimony
back into the world
as if I could connect all those dots
in the nighttime sky
As if I
could tell them
the reason why
I will present the Talk About It/ I Spy Workshop on March 31st at Thomas College
Using the original Talking Walls illustrations Margy will demonstrate a Talk About It/I Spy Scavenger Hunt that is not only a great classroom and Family Literacy activity, but can be easily replicated with other visuals, illustrations, family photos or student art.
Margy will take the participants on the I Spy Scavenger Hunt so they can practice how to create and incorporate listening, conversation and questions strategies that supports comprehension and close reading.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character –– that is the goal of true education.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Meet Kate Sessions a women with a great passion for trees. She had guts, and a vision that transformed San Diego !