by Abby Harris-Ridker
This is my last week working at Literature for All of Us and I’m feeling so very thankful for my four and a half years here. I have learned so much from my students. I have learned what it means to use trauma-informed facilitation techniques, and to create space which allows participants to connect, share, reframe their experience, and heal. I have experienced groups where students love to read and groups where they are on their phones the whole time; groups where participants open up right away and groups where they need several months before personal stories start to come out. LFAOU opens worlds by opening books for our students, but it has been a life-changing privilege for me to learn from my students, hear their stories, and witness their lives. In June, I will start the Chicago Teacher Residency with Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL). This is a student-teaching and master’s degree program where I will become certified to teach elementary education. I know that I will take all that I learned from my time as a Book Group Leader into my future classrooms.
So here are 10 great moments from my time at LFAOU, in no particular order. And I know that there are definitely more than 10!