On this episode of Teachers Teaching Teachers http://teachersteachingteachers.org/?feed=rss2, Monika Hardy and Paul Allison discuss “Detox,” a reflective practice that they have been inviting students to do in their different contexts.
Monika has been doing Detox with her students for a couple of years http://labconnections.blogspot.com/p/what-is-detox.html
Recently, Paul started asking his students to reflect on their work, dreams, thoughts, and learning on Youth Voices: http://youthvoices.net/channel/31618
Monika and Paul are joined in this conversation by a co-conspirator with Monika and a researcher of Detox James Folkestad, from Colorado State University.
We also get the perspective of youths from two of Paul’s high school students Evelyn Salazar and (on the phone) Shamar Smith. In addition there are valuable insights from 7th Grader Kelsey Shelhart and her father Scott Shelhart as well as Fred Mindlin.
After listening to this podcast, you might be inspired to try something similar in your classroom or perhaps your students are already doing this kind of reflection on who they are, what they are doing, what they dream could happen, what they are noticing, and what connections they are making.
Either way, whether you are starting something new or continuing a valuable process in your classroom, please let us know about it. We’d love to hear if “detox” is spreading virally or “scaling across trans-locally” to use some of the language that Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze have given us in their book Walk Our Walk On:
Taking things to scale doesn’t happen vertically through one-size-fits-all replication strategies… experiments move horizontally, scaling across villages and nations, trans-locally, as many diverse people learn from their discoveries and are inspired to try their own.
( http://www.walkoutwalkon.net/mexico )
Click Read more to see a copy of the chat that was happening during the webcast.