A Performatory Approach to Teaching, Learning and Technology by Jaime E. Martinez (auth.), Jaime E. Martinez (eds.)

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At the same time Jane was also aware of my presence and looked directly at the camera and smiled slyly as she waited for Sally to finish the next line of the script. Several things jumped out at me while I watched the video of the scene, Jane and Sally seemed very committed to practicing the scene with each other, they seemed to be able to ignore most of the distractions around them, and they were very aware of the audience (me with a video camera). I showed the video to Ms. Rosario and while she was not surprised at Jane’s aggressiveness she was surprised that Jane could maintain her focus for so long (a three-minute scene).

I didn’t want a job that required 80% travel and I was trying to get out of the technology job treadmill that I felt I was on. Hundreds of resumes and job applications later, I happened to come across an advertisement for the New York City Teaching Fellows. I knew that I liked kids and I thought teaching would be a good thing to do and I could get a free master’s degree. I could use all the things I learned at the All Stars Project and if teaching didn’t work out then I could go back to a technology career when the market rebounded, so I applied and I was accepted.

The volunteers of the All Stars Project have a wonderful way of talking to people about their work and working with potential donors to say, “yes” to making contributions. After several contributions and about a year later and I met Dr. Lenora Fulani one of the program’s founders and the first Black woman to be on the ballot for President of the United States in all 50 states during 1988 election (yes, really, it’s true, she just wasn’t a “major party candidate”). She invited me to a meeting of financial contributors who were volunteering to be “teachers who weren’t really teachers” at something she called the Development School for Youth (DSY), a 12week after-school leadership program where we would teach inner city high school students leadership skills.

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