After a somewhat demoralizing day of learning that there's so much research and literature on ELL teaching, I felt like throwing in the towel. Like I couldn't get this done. That I just couldn't do this.
And then Melissa, Community Chair from OLAS responds to e-mail after a month. That should help me get volunteers.
Her e-mail was a message from God. I don't know why, but I was just worried I wouldn't be able to get this thing going--with all the materials and planning.
But I got this. I want to do this. ALMas is going to happen, in one way or another.
I've got the contacts; I'm building collaboratives and human capital; I'm putting in the elbow grease (and now I have to more than ever with the amount of reading I now just learned I have to do).
Go to Richard J. Daley Elementary tomorrow and find an ESL teacher and ask for contact information as well as the teacher's lesson plans so I can start structuring the afterschool program around it.
That's what I call working around obstacles. Forget teacher's strike. I need to get in contact with that school's ESL teacher(s), SO I DAMN WILL.