Why a squid? Well, I see my role this summer as somewhere between teacher and youth institutes - a multi-phalanged monster with tentacles that are involved in best practices for teaching writing and with a genuine interest for the written outcomes that result from stellar instruction in the young adult literacy labs (You Gotta Write, Y'All). The goal is to publish the work of students and teachers in the second edition of POW!
We asked the instructors to reflect on what they were thinking how we could best assist them. I did my reflection as a doodle on the chalkboard: me as an eight-armed sea creature asking questions about how we might should think like researchers, teachers, and writers simultaneously. I wondered if the lead teachers might see the summer work as a catalyst for conducting future workshops at their school, for local communities, and with national conferences (perhaps the only parts of the drawing that are accurate are the tremendous bags under my eyes).
The write-up for the summer labs can be found on our CWP website and I encourage everyone to spread the word to friends and neighbors. I know each lab will be a tremendous success because, after the orientation was finished, teachers stayed another 45 minutes to share ideas and to think creatively about all the possibilities. Our goal is to have greater insight on what works for young people and how they can teach us to be better teachers of writing during the school year.