Last week, we had an amazing opportunity.
Lida Winfield, who had been working in my beginners class, was giving a free performance of In Search of Air, an excerpt of which you can see below. It’s an amazing story about how Lida, who is dyslexic, was able to face her obstacles and move forward. It’s a story of struggle and hope, anger and joy.
Winooski School District, which is right across the river from us, invited her to work with them for an artist-in-residence project, part of which was to show her work to parents after having shared it with middle-schoolers. And the show was free and open to the public.
Many of our students have never gotten a chance to play with Lida in our classroom. Many of them have never been to a dance performance. And so this was our chance.
My partner teacher Suzy and I put the word out, and we both got a carload of students and showed up.
I think that part of teaching is really about shared experiences, about opening students’ eyes to things they’ve never seen before.
Reactions to the show reflected the language proficiency that students possess; some said, “It’s good, Miss.” And others were able to talk about how they could really feel her feelings.
It’s hard to read.
But in the end, every new experience, every new opportunity to help students get access to things they have never seen before, it’s grand, as my mother would say.