Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Rhythm's Gonna Get You

A week or so into the semester and a rhythm is finally starting to develop.  After an incredibly hectic August term and a fairly hectic start to the semester things seem finally to be falling into a pattern and it's becoming easier to feel as if I know what I'm supposed to be doing and when I'm supposed to be doing it.  Just as importantly my class continues to be fantastic and growing together into our new role.

Most significantly, I spent yesterday afternoon in southeast Washington DC doing homework with kids from the Potomac Gardens housing project.  Life in this project is one of abject poverty, with the average family income being about $8,000 a year  In spite of this, the kids we're working with are resilient, bright, capable, and surprisingly hopeful in spite of all they've seen.  It was an absolute pleasure working with them and I'm really excited about spending the next five Tuesday evenings with them.  The joy the children have in spite of all the challenges facing them is a truly inspirational thing.

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