We began our last day by screening a video integrating the triptychs that we had created with our multilayered sound pieces. We were blown away by the richness of our collective work.
Here are the spontaneous responses in the Zoom chat to viewing our collective work:
Collective Online Performances
We then divided into breakout groups, shared our triptych images and read our associated triptych poems to each other, and then selected one to perform collectively to the whole group while the selected triptych was also displayed:
Comprarme, traerme, ponerme, tu eres quien espiaba sus movimientos, tu mirabas como hacia su café instantáneo mañanero, mirabas como freia el insípido huevo, brilloso, curvo, hermoso, lustre contorno boca.
Eres el sol de la bandera brillando cálidamente sobre la espesa bandera sueca
. Eres la arena de Río de Janeiro y las calles mojadas del invierno en Montevideo
Eres la carta de aliento, el recuerdo, el papel y la pluma gastada
Eres el río que va contra corriente
el diálogo, la espera impaciente.
Y eres el corazón rojo y brillante que late a la izquierda por debajo de la piel.
You are a purple flower, searching and stretching for the light. Below you is an easter egg, basking in the sun, feeling cute with all its color and design. A little hand reaches out and cradles the little egg. The flower, the egg and the hand form the perfect unity of beauty, growth and care.
You are the lifeblood of the Mashapaug
-- our water, our fish, nourishment for birch trees and pepper bush
You are the baptismal pool of the Reservoir Avenue AME
In winter, you are the canvas for figure skaters, and
you render your frozen blocks for our ice houses
You are the murky repository of Gorham’s slag
-- nickel, cadmium, chromium, zinc
You are the mirror of nimbus clouds, of ochre and sienna oak leaves,
and of my orange kayak.
You are the 1000 strokes to keep my hair tamed
you are the big hair viewed from afar
you are the waves of hair freed from restraint
you are the memory of strong women in me
you are the straight and easy hair finding its way
you are the brush that cost me more than my birthday gift
you are the freedom of wearing your hair down, wild and untamed ...
You are the notebook given by friends after I lost all of my written words *to the surf or sand by another’s hand*. The shiny cover reflects the physical self that is expressed in pen strokes on the pages between. *to the surf or sand by another’s hand*. What came from loss has become a gain. *to the surf or sand by another’s hand*.
These performances were followed with a screening of the amazing video that Tommaso created for us that integrated our collective sound compositions with dynamic images of the text that we had been investigating all week.
Essentializing: 21 Word Reflection on Our Work Together
Different versions of this writing exercise have proven to be extremely valuable reflection tools for unearthing our core understandings and values, based on our lived experiences, for teachers all over the world. The steps are both extremely simple and extremely challenging in meaningful ways:
- Write down in exactly 21 words (no more and no less) what this experience has meant to you in whatever format makes sense to you (could be a list, could be phrases, could be sentences.)
- Then, narrow your 21 words down to 14 words. You cannot add any new words, but you can change the word order.
- Then, narrow those 14 words down to 7.
We shared our final version of seven words with the group.