In the weekly meetings that followed, it became apparent that while the project might have met with a little student resistance in some cases, once the first set of books was published, student enthusiasm increased.

Teachers continued to discuss their adaptations of the curriculum, but most of the time they were sharing stories about students who suddenly “came to life,” or how the students showed off their published books to their classmates, or who couldn’t wait to show them to their family and friends on the “outside.” 

The teachers said it was hard work, and time consuming, but as one teacher said, “When I received the books I couldn’t wait until the next day. I had to excuse myself from the workshop, just so I could give the students their books. It’s a moment that I couldn’t wait to happen…to see the excitement on the student’s face.”