New Delhi

Dana Miller Kitch, from Canada, replaced me at the American Embassy School in India this year (2017-2018) and it was very good to know that a CI teacher was going to be there for those wonderful middle schoolers. (Tina and I worked with Dana in training her on the Invisibles before she went to India this past summer, in Philadelphia, and as it turned out, Dana was able to learn about the Invisibles at that workshop but also from the very kids who invented them!)

Dana inherited from me a student named Egor from Russia. Egor was my Reader Leader. Following up on former students is a rare thing, but thanks to Dana I am able to do it with Egor.

Below are two self-reflection pieces recently written by Egor, now an 8th grader there in New Delhi. The first is what he thinks about himself as a reader. The second is his self-assessment on the new Interpersonal Skills Rubric (the one that replaced jGR that we used to use here for so many years now). Both new rubrics are from Tina and can be found as appendices in A Natural Approach to Stories:

(Tina and Dana would get up to get coffee before the Philadelphia workshops at 6:00 a.m. like it was nothing. We were staying with Dick Detweiler and Dick and I were amazed at such energy! It was like Tina and Dana were old friends from long ago. Maybe they are!)



3 thoughts on “New Delhi”

  1. These rubrics are great. I just love how they’re written in plain language. By the way these can be written in the 1st person, as in, “I answer the teacher’s whole-class questions….” Adminz often love the ACCOUNTABILITY of an “I Can-Do rubric” thang.

    It might be helpful to add the proficiency standard to the document title – like Novice /mid, or Intermed/low (or whatever). Makes the documentation appear more air-tight, with an asterisk and a footnote with the expanded ACTFL standard du jour.
    (I can hear ’em asking, “But what is the standard?” )

  2. I loved how he really took the time to think about his answers and he just “gets it”. I have him as an actor now but I’m going to be changing some of the jobs after the winter break. He’s done great, but I think he needs a break. Perhaps getting him back to reader leader would be a nice shift back to his Mr. Slavic days. 🙂

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