Our contact in Istanbul – George the librarian was one of the most thorough poet wranglers we have worked with in a long time. He had everything spinning in time with the whirling serenity of the Dervishes we saw turn-tabling just before we began our week at ENKA International School.
Celebrating our love of reading and literary characters. That’s George on the right there patiently waiting.
Sara and I worked with the Middle and High Schoolers while the elementary was visited by our friend Amy Ludwig VanDerwater (You know she’s important because she has three names.)
We were all there to celebrate I Love Books weeks at the school, a duel curriculum Turkish and International. We kept on track after having assemblies for the the Middle and High by visiting the classrooms for writing instruction based on our new Scholastic PD book – From Striving to Thriving Writers. We also had a teacher session which included a translator for the Turkish teachers – good instruction works no matter what language is being used as long as the folks receiving the message are engaged and receptive. They were.
Our trio of poet/teachers Amy, Sara and I took turns coming down with a stomach bug which tried to put a damper on our time at ENKA but George and the elementary librarian Weston kept us hydrated and rested and we all powered through the week.
Pun intended – I’d have to rate our time in Istanbul as a Turkish delight.