The Gift of Time #sol17
October 17, 2017
A few weeks ago I heard an interview with the artist Bharti Kher She was discussing the time she spent in residence at a wonderfully quirky Boston museum, The Isabelle Stewart Gardner. Bharti Kher said that the gift of living for a time at the Gardner was “the gift of time“. She explained, “what you go away with is not immediately apparent. Things emerge over time because as artists, we collect and build on our own libraries (in our head) over time.”
We’ve been talking a great deal in our district recently about the idea of instructional coaching. In an effort to further strengthen our tier 1 instruction, assist the transfer of discrete skills, and support the development of new curriculum, we’re blowing the doors off our old model of five time thirty minutes intervention. On the surface, this seems like truth, that changing our model away from a seemingly successful structure to a much more wavy one seems… well risky.
But I think of Bharti living in the Gardner, sitting in the amazingly beautiful courtyard, spending real, real time looking at a single painting and in my core I believe, if I can create that gift of time, for myself, my colleagues, the students, then this new model stands a fighting chance.
When I thing about what you go away with is not immediately apparent, I know that visit after visit, I might catch glimpses of things a teacher won’t remember to tell me in the literacy center or in a early morning collaborative conversation. When we can talk with students together, get messy in the process in real time, I believe we can affect real change, fundamental, practice-changing kind of change.
When Bharti says things emerge over time because as artists we collect and build things in the libraries in our heads over time, I think of our community of artists in learning: teachers, students, and even me taking the time to collect ideas and experiences, building practice and relationships through and in our experiences.
So I’m going to be there before school, having coffee and dreaming about change with the teacher in our building. I am going to spend every spare minute, reading a few pages with a student, listening to a story, and sometimes teaching or reading aloud. I’m learning along with the community. Trying things out, getting messy. Does it seem like a free fall? Not at all. We know and trust each other. So let’s see what we can do when we give each other the gift of time.
Always inspired by Two Writing Teachers and the Slice of Life Community.
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