Our first day was a great introduction to the type of conversations, discussions, and challenges we'll be involved in these next two weeks. One of the themes that was brought up was the idea of perspective. For example, who was responsible for starting the Great War? Is there only one answer? Is it cut and dry? We physically changed locations as we thought about our beliefs, standing near others who believed the same. We were then encouraged to present why we chose where we stood and were given the opportunity to change locations if we changed our thoughts. Since all thoughts were valid, I thought this could be a good strategy to use with students, giving them the opportunity to present their ideas but also the ability to re-evaluate and change ideas if they wanted. The idea of perspective is such an important concept. Evaluating both sides and understanding rationale and motivation is something that can be used with many different topics. Cultivating this strategy in a culture of respect is something I would like to bring into my classroom.
- Submitted by Ronda