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A colleague asks her students beginning Writer’s Workshop, “What kind of story would you like to exist in the world?’’ I ask the same question of myself every day. I wavered on the edges of my career in education before I travelled abroad as a Peace Corps volunteer, and then reached a point of no return related to development work after ten years in Guatemala. I returned home to Wisconsin to live where I paid new attention to my father, a man versed in all things agricultural and climatic. My pieces are built around knowledge unacknowledged ignored by so many in my generation. My desire to lead through storytelling that values diversity as the strength of tradition in both a natural and cultural context.
While attending a concert at a Tel Aviv university to mourn his friend and fellow soldier, Aryeh, Ori meets Lila, the daughter of a visiting professor teaching a course about the military junta that caused his own escape from Argentina twenty years ago. Ori doesn’t want to hurt Ester, the woman who saved him, nor his grandmother in Buenos Aires, but he seeks to understand details of his mother’s death now increasingly haunting him after completing his mandatory service in Israel. With support from Lila, Ori wins the opportunity to travel to Argentina through a student research grant the course offers.
In the country of his birth, Ori is a tourist. He sorts through academic contacts and informal encounters for the real woman behind a “fictional” guerrilla fighter his professor sent him to research, as elusive as his mother. Ori retreats to his grandmother as the child who lost his mother, and an IDF soldier who killed one. Confused by writings in old notebooks found underneath a mattress, Ori’s suspicion grows that the women he knows as his aunt and mother are more than the literary characters and guerilla fighters he was assigned to research. Ori’s research questions slowly take on the form of a lost conversation with his mother, the beginning of understanding of the imperfect fact and fictional women whose bravery saved his life.
The Strings in our Hands:
a memoir for my community of teachers
You will learn
Interrogate the former texts for and by teachers they read, both fiction and nonfiction, and their own place as a character within this group.
Explore their teacher identity and its connections to other teachers in a variety of contexts.
Analyze their own learning as a teacher and thus begin to teach as a learner, a means to connect with students more attainable than altering their personal backgrounds or the trajectory of their lives
Value their own voice and ability for agency among not only the cannon of teacher character but as defined through their own relationships in a more inclusive and supportive community of teachers.