I have been researching grade eight and was excited to stumble upon a fresh blog by a grade 7/8 class. I was struck by the organized optimistic sharing of sophisticated ideas regarding respect. The choice popular media like TED talks and The Book of Awesome was inspirational.
Once we have warmed up and opened up, we can really start to play. This is learning to think on your feet, be brave, build up your initiative.
This is so much fun and is a worthwhile community experience. You really have to work up to this, so everyone feels comfortable.
In my experience as a student teacher. One of the things I learned about was “Creative conditions”, The idea is not that the teacher be really creative and come up with all sorts of ideas to inform content. The idea is that you provide a premise for the students to create to the content. You have to scale up to this by having smaller opportunities for ideas and inquiry in collaborative groups and then take the scaffolds away and allow for applications in other contexts. It is hard to take your hands off the wheel, when you think that you are the driver.
I try to ignore some of coincidences in life and just let things happen but my investigations in class have really begun to resonate personally in a interesting and challenging manner. I started quoting Steinbeck from time to time: specifically a dedication letter in the front pages of East of Eden he wrote to Pascal Covici. I didn’t know who or what that was I assumed it was Latin. When I looked it up I discovered that it was his editor and when he submitted East of Eden it was in wood box ( which makes sense if you read the letter). To discover that now I get chills and redoubles my goal to read everything Steinbeck wrote. He teaches me to not only write better but to express myself as an artist and a person.
Ad Astra per Alia Porci.
You came upon me carving some kind little figure out of wood and you said, “Why don’t you make something for me?” I asked what you wanted, and you said , ” A box.”
“To put things in.”
“Whatever you have,” you said.
Well here is your box. Nearly everything I have is in it and it is not full. Pain and excitement are in it, and feeling good or bad and evil thoughts and good thoughts- the pleasure of design and some despair and the indescribable joy of creation.
And on top of these are all the gratitude and love
I have for you. And still it is not full.
I am excited about Soul Pepper’s upcoming production of Midsummer Night’s Dream.
I wish I could take my class we have been studying the play and they will be putting it on later this term.
Last day to enter!!! CONTEST: Win 2 Tickets to A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Soulpepper Theatre!
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The month of love is here and to celebrate, Canada Arts Connect and Soulpepper Theatre are giving you the chance to win… See my previous post for my reaction to the text.