I conducted a short workshop in the morning and the student crew was rather quiet. Yet, by afternoon I learned they came out of their shells and then became a very empowered youth group. One of the young women in the room found duct tape and made our resident poets handbags and wallets - a great use of extra material lying around the room.
I am looking forward to hearing what they create this week and seeing their spoken-word debut during their writing 'prom' this Friday. I think the 15 teachers in the Invitational Summer Institute will be impressed by the powerful punch these kids are already packing after the first day of:
It is a week of language play, expression, empowering the self through declaration, and taking our words to another level. I am THRILLED by the energy already exuding from the room adjacent to the teacher institute.
The revolution has begun!