"The truth about stories, is that's all we are."
When we came back to school, students reflected in their visual journals on favourite parts of the day. Many students mentioned artifacts like Sammy Walmart, the canoe, and the entrance to the building as being favourite elements. Participating in a smudge was a unique opportunity for students and keeps coming back up in conversations around the day.
In our building, the Grade 3 students have posted a public "wonder wall" and have invited students, staff and community members to participate through the visible thinking routine "see, think, wonder". In addition, students are working to tell the stories, first orally then through writing, music, and drama, to pay the stories forward, with the expectation that those who hear the stories will pay them forward to other students and community members.
As a teacher, it has been profoundly moving to see students so engaged in their work and I very much look forward to sharing the Sundance Story as it unfolds.
Tracy Evans (@evans306) works with Grade 3 students at Sundance School and spends her days in awe of the amazing wonder and joy they bring to the learning journey each day.