Growing Up in Santa Cruz, Teacher’s Desk, “Rocks” by Lisa Catterall

Growing Up in Santa Cruz, August 2022, Teacher’s Desk, “Rocks” by Lisa Catterall.

This world’s anguish is no different from the love we insist on holding back.

Getting my classroom ready
It’s almost there; the posters are up and supplies organized, but there is one thing I haven’t done yet. Do you know what it is? I haven’t placed a basket of fist-sized rocks in the front by where I give my lectures and explain things on the board.

Last year, my classroom hosted art studios, gaming clubs, ongoing architecture projects on enormous pieces of paper, messy microscope labs, political debates, fifth graders doing art projects with electronic components, and, occasionally, my toddler when all possible childcare fell out from under me, and I didn’t want to hand over a precious day of my curriculum to a substitute. Read more

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