When I first dreamed up the idea of hosting a workshop for secondary English literature teachers, I envisioned how beautiful the venue would be, how inspiring the presenters would be, and how relieved I would be once it was over. HA! Well, my partners in wonder had other plans because the minute our first Keeping the Wonder Workshop ended, they started asking when we could do it again!
While I knew that our first location would be hard to beat, I wanted to choose a different location for the fall so that other ELA teachers would have a chance to attend. The first venue that came to mind as I was brainstorming locations for October was The Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, VA. I had made a stop here on a road trip to NYC the summer before and knew it would meet the spooky and wonder-filled requirements for our second Keeping the Wonder Workshop.
It didn’t disappoint. The museum itself is full of unique and macabre items that Poe would be so very proud of, and we used this vibe to set the tone for our content and decor.
When our attendees arrived, they each got a raven feather with a little get-to-know-you activity which later turned into a fun POE-to op. Upon request, I tweaked this activity so that it can be used when teaching “The Raven.”
After mingling with other English teachers, we heard from Abby Gross on how she uses stations in her English class broke into stations set up around the museum.
Our Stations Included:
Seeing my Instagram inspirations in person was a fantastic opportunity to learn from them, network with them, and appreciate them as real-life human beings. They were so down to earth and encouraging! I feel like I am supported by fellow teachers across America and that I am truly not alone.”