in Saramaka, the question everyone asks when you invite them to a training is, will i get a certificate? we didn’t understand the importance of certificates at first. it’s just a piece of paper, right? no one gets credit or any other benefit beside just attending the training. but soon enough we caught on, found an online template and some gold seals, and started making certificates for the people who came to our women’s business class or English lessons or even preschool!
today i got an email that i had received my certificate for ModPo. i was so excited. and proud. it’s not like i haven’t ever done that kind of work or that i wrote anything so important. but the certificate records my focused encounter with the poems + people of ModPo. for 10 weeks this fall i was up early, reading and writing and thinking. and that’s always a good thing. i think it’s so important to do those things in front of my children, for them to see me with a pen in hand. it’s the kind of work i want them to grow into after all.
i had a great first time MOOC experience too. well-worth looking into! ModPo is through Coursera but there are other platforms; just look around! i am looking forward to spending time with Plagues, Witches and War: The World of Historical Fiction. it comes highly recommended! i’m also looking forward to March and Art + Inquiry: Museum Teaching Strategies for Your Classroom. i would be tickled if one of *you* would join me.
what does teacher development look like in your homeschool?