Teacher April 15, 2024 by Max Hughes

…As Barnes coordinated the excursion, the power of giving students this agency stood out. They were guided by the expertise of the booksellers, but not directed, and the excursion became a way to celebrate the uniqueness of their reading tastes.

‘They were independent, and the bookseller didn’t treat them as children, she treated them as equals,’ she says.

After the titles had been selected and purchased, Barnes took her students to the adjacent café, to complete the excursion with a hot chocolate. ‘The cutest part of it was some of them had never ordered in a café, so they shared that with me, and I said, “well, this is what you’re going to do now.”’

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