Transformative Learning through Restorative and Social Justice Education – Revised Edition
Afterword: Teacher as Transformative Learner (2011)
← 160 | 161 →AFTERWORD
Teacher as Transformative Learner (2011)
Nearly four years had passed since our last Minnesota Westward Bound program was held. During that time we faced great personal changes: Angel moved to Colorado; I had a baby girl and moved to Wisconsin; and Randy died of cancer in August of 2007. Randy’s death impacted staff and students greatly and we all continue to miss him.
Prior to his death, we held a reunion Circle at my home for the 2006 students. The Circle was profoundly powerful for a number of reasons. The first reason was that Randy was very ill. His pain and fatigue posed another disorienting dilemma for all of us, as we grappled with the reality that we only had a brief period of time to share with him; we were all trying to learn how to support and care for him during his time of suffering. During this Circle students and staff were able to tell Randy what he meant to us and offer gratitude to him. Randy soaked it all in and shared wisdom and insights. He provided a model of how to fight cancer with a tenacious spirit of dignity and grace. Students still speak of what they learned about life by observing this. One student said, “He could have been so bitter and become hard, but he didn’t. I always think of that when I have something tough come up in my life.”
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.
Do you have any questions? Contact us.Or login to access all content.