This is based on the quick-write at Teachers Write today… to find a fresh place to write and observe people. I was scheduled for an all day workshop today, so I wrote descriptions of a few participants. Will some of their traits be used to create a story character someday?
Thin and fit, ever-present smile. She pulls a zip-lock sandwich bag out of her macramé purse and munches on little bunches of cilantro, carrying on a spirited conversation, oblivious to the specks of green on her teeth.
She wore a knitted cap with a bill- red, green and yellow. Black pride on her head and in the way she walked into the room.
Short, breezy hairstyle. Trendy, fashionable, yet casual clothes. Slight touch of sunburn. She chats about being at the World Cup final. The enthusiastic crowd. The unity and patriotism cheering for the USA. The display of athleticism. Being tired after delayed flight and arriving home after 3 a.m.
The topic of the workshop was co-teaching, which is the new emphasis for the elementary ESL program in our district. It was well-presented. We have a great district team. Every PD is always interactive and the information is presented using strategies that we can use in the classroom. We also received an excellent resource book, Collaboration an Co-Teaching: Strategies for English Learners by Andrea Honigsfeld and Maria G. Dove. I will admit to getting drowsy in the afternoon (give me a break, I had a Greek pita with tzatziki sauce for lunch, and it was a rainy day!), but I can truly say that our ESL staff offers the best professional development that I’ve ever attended. Keeping it local makes a difference!