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Dream Boogie

Stony Creek, where I taught for almost 15 years, was a special place. It does not exist other than in name only. It was a place where parents, students, and educators met and learned together. It was a place that defied the way ‘traditional schooling’ was done. The goal was to meet each child where they were in their learning and not force the child to fit the learning. For most of the time I was there, I taught and learned (those are not inseparable if we allow them to emerge together) in a way I could only dream possible. For those years, the dream was not deferred. It was real, but fragile as all dreams are.

I enjoy Langston Hughes and his wonderful poetry. Each year, I chose a poem or two from his wonderful writing and shared it with the students. I found that if I share my passion for learning and what excited me in my learning students and parents reciprocated. We lived and learned in community not in school. This is one of the poems I shared from that place.

Good morning, daddy!

Ain’t you heard

The boogie-woogie rumble

Of a dream deferred?

Listen closely:

You’ll hear their feet

Beating out and Beating out a –

You think

It’s a happy beat?

Listen to it closely:

Ain’t you heard

something underneath

like a –

What did I say?

Sure,

I’m happy!

Take it away!

Hey, pop!

Re-bop!

Mop!

Y-e-a-h!

About ivonprefontaine

I have been an educator for almost 20 years. Prior to that, I worked in private industry for 15 years, then returned to university to earn my education degree. For the past 11 years, I have been a co-creator of learning in a unique, progressive, alternative educational school of choice. Currently, I am engaged in a doctoral program at Gonzaga University in Spokane. A main theme in my learning there has been the roles of systems thinking, complexity theory, and organizational theory, and how they apply to education generally and the learning environment I share with students, parents, and colleagues.

12 responses »

  1. A very awesome reflection of your selfless heart! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  2. wonderful post! love hughes. cheers to you~

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  3. I aspired to write as Langston. My favorite mother to son. Keep clim’ng.

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  4. What a wonderful poem! There is so much to be heard underneath, if we take the time to listen.

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  5. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

    I cannot read “boogie-woogie” without dancing in my chair. :)

    I love this: “The goal was to meet each child where they were in their learning and not force the child to fit the learning.”

    In a workshop the speaker said something similar that helped me tremendously in support group environments:

    “Meet members where they are not where you want them to be.” ~ Ted Bowman

    Thank you!

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  6. Thank you for visiting my blog today. I’m glad you like my post, and I hope you will come again. Blessings, Natalie :)

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