The Literacy Lab presents The Identity Project created by teaching artist Alesandra Zsiba. The Identity Project is a six week residency in documentary storytelling and project based literacy learning. By engaging students in documentary poetry, photography and performance, students learn how to build a creative family, take risks, become proud, surprise themselves, and develop a practice of daily affirmation through self-expression.
A page has been created for Maury on The Identity Project website, take a peek if you have a minute. It also includes a nice testimonial from Mr. Havner about the project.
” I have taught in DCPS for the last 14 years, among some extremely talented people. Never before, however, have I been as impressed as I was last week upon seeing Alesandra Zsiba’s work with the Maury first and second graders through the Literacy Lab program. The pictures she took and poems she facilitated with the children truly capture the essence of each child and, I feel, childhood. After 115 days together I feel like I know my students pretty well. After reading one of my student, Max’s words, “if you tear your shoe you’re looking at the universe…” I had a chance to see a side of him he does not show in class.”
– Nathan Havner (2nd Grade Teacher, Maury Elementary School), March ’14