Lied is over and I’m sitting in the Dallas airport enjoying the luxury of a hot-spot day pass that I’ll use for about two hours. Wonder if internet hot-spots will be so ubiquitous and necessary that logging on will be free. Um, doubt it.
Just read Jason’s evaluation and he made a comment with which I agree: facilitators should have shared their writing. D’oh! What a shift I experience when I freewrite and blog with my students. Classroom transformation. As a co-writer, I get to make myself just as vulnerable as the other writers/students. As a co-writer, I share my thoughts and struggles and epiphanies with the other writers/students. When I sit and they write, energy stutters at the firewall between teacher desk and student desk. When I write and they write — that is, when WE write — there is a we, and we create that collective through writing. Power differentials are not elided; I don’t turn into a twenty-year old college student and they don’t turn into a 52-yr-old gray-haired professor. But we create something together. That sounds sooooo corny, and it’s not really what I mean to say. But I’m going to have to wait until my brain finds better words.