2014 EE Ford Summer Teachers’ Colloquium
Anyone who has a green thumb will tell you that the ability to help something to grow is not difficult or technical. Rather, it is a natural element of being human.
As teachers, we are in the business of cultivating. We cultivate growth in our students and our communities. We devote our lives to tilling the earth of the school and her students. We plant seeds. We spread a ton of fertilizer. We give a little water and a whole lot of light, and then we love to watch kids grow into themselves. But what happens in this process if we don’t feed the farmer?
One of the participants in the 2013 colloquium had this to say: “The lack of time that teachers give themselves, carve out for themselves, astonishes me more and more as the years go by. Self-denial has insinuated itself into the psyche of teachers so quietly (but completely and profoundly) that we barely even notice it. We don’t discuss it, because it is so part and parcel of the profession that we cannot even see it.”
But after the 2013 EE Ford Summer Teachers’ Colloquium, the tune of teachers who participated sounded more like this . . .
- “It was a time to fill me up after months and even years of giving to students and school. If any teacher keeps giving without refueling, eventually there will be burn-out and un-inspired teaching.”
- “Having time to explore a region, get to know a place that is not my home and getting to understand it . . . These experiences that have encouraged me to branch out in my own community in a similar way. This will extend to my teaching – the energy, enthusiasm, and point of view.”
- “Everything about this workshop was amazing and extremely well-organized throughout. This has been the trip of a lifetime for me both personally & professionally. I am forever changed and recharged from this experience.”
And this is what the E.E. Ford Summer Teachers’ Colloquium is about. It’s about feeding the farmers. It is about giving teachers an opportunity to get in touch with their own wonder and to learn together in a beautiful place. It is about opening lines of inquiry that then feed us as human beings and as educators.
The colloquium is composed of two, one-week sessions. Each session has a variety of courses from which to choose that are in four basic tracks: Math & Science, Writing, History & Culture, and the Arts. The colloquium is intended to provide professional teachers with a chance to explore their subject for an entire week with a diverse group of colleagues at an adult and deep level. Each course will use a community approach that involves seminar-style discussion, field trips and outings, and guest speakers to incorporate the many learning partners and resources unique to Santa Fe. This isn’t a pedagogical professional development opportunity where we are primarily focused on how to teach. This is an opportunity to relearn how to learn and fall in love with it all over again. Course instructors have the expertise to ask the right questions and guide the dialog without a fixed idea of where the course will lead. After all, the program should feed all the teachers involved, including those offering courses.
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Drew G Nucci