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Pose, Wobble, Flow: A Culturally Proactive Approach to Literacy Instruction

Date: November 12, 2015

Summary: In this episode, we talked about the Pose, Wobble, Flow framework and how it could be used to address educational challenges in order to meet the needs of all students. We were joined by Cindy O'Donnell-Allen and Antero Garcia, authors of Pose, Wobble, Flow: A Culturally Proactive Approach to Literacy Instruction, as well as some of Cindy's graduate students.

 

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Cindy O'Donnell-Allen—professor of English, director of Colorado State University Writing Project—on the Pose, Wobble, and Flow framework:

Yoga is a good metaphor for the struggles you might have as a teacher. Think about Pose, Wobble, and Flow in the framework of yoga. If you're trying it for the first time, if it's a really demanding pose, then you're absolutely going to wobble in that pose until you develop some strength in your muscles. But the same thing is also true if you're holding a familiar pose. If you persist in that pose for a longer time than you're used to, you're also going to wobble. In terms of teaching, posing is an intentional stance you take to guide your practice. For example, to be a good teacher writer, you also have to be a writer yourself."

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