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Workshop at Halau Ku Mana

Posted by JEAN TOYAMA
Saturday, October 17, 2015 5:50 PM


Today we went to Halau Ku Mana as part of our Bogo project. What a treat! to experience the chanting and receive a secret chant of thank you was chicken skin time. Truly this Bogo project has helped me to connect again with responsive students. I had forgotten the pleasure of teaching. I know why I decided to teach at the university level, but the most satisfying teaching came from teaching 7-12 graders. Gogo allows me to do just that, without the fatigue that goes along with full-time teaching middle and high schoolers.
Our time was less than an hour but we got a lot done. Christy and I talked about the use of writing in helping us think and know ourselves. Then we used Puanani Burgess’ “Choosing my Name,” Marewa Glover’s “Maori Women’s Hut,” and Tusiata Avia’s “Wild Dogs Under My Skirt” as jumping off places for writing exercises.
1. Go over unknown terms
2. Read the poem
3. Discuss elements of the poem
4. Write some thing a kin to the poem by zeroing in on the name, the person who cares for you, the wants.
By the amount the students wrote and participated in the sharing, I would say the workshop was a success.

Thank you so much, teachers and students of Halau Ku Mana, for the chance to meet you.

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