Hilary Sallick, poet & teacher

As an adult basic education teacher, I’m responsible for teaching Common Core reading and writing skills. In order to do this, I get to explore an array of subject matters and materials with my students, including the reading and writing of poetry. 

In the fall of 2019, we studied flowers and plants. What makes a flower a flower? Why do plants have flowers? 

My teaching is grounded in the practice and theory of Eleanor Duckworth, whose work I first encountered in 1990 at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. 

From Duckworth, I draw these guiding principles: 

    • Curiosity is at the heart of learning. 

    • Creativity is a human undertaking.  

    • All of us have potentials that can be explored and developed. They cannot be quantified.

We can all become authors, artists, scientists, historians, storytellers, researchers, poets.