We have been looking at the idea of ‘perspective’, and getting some idea of what 'to have perspective' means. In May we spent a day going through the downtown area, city hall, +15, the Peace Bridge, and the Glenbow. It was what we needed. In a way I used this time with my students as formative assessment but also a time just to be with each other. What do we know? In what ways do we ‘know’? What do they need from me?
A student reflection from Nicole C. captures some of our experience:
The downtown wasn’t fancy or full of attractive items, but people! People walking on the street and talking to one another-this was very heartwarming. I didn’t expect this…people, workers, tourists, and friends walking side by side looked so happy that that the city seemed so beautiful. It was surely crowded and downtown was filled with people but to me everyone seemed so happy and shiny. In this way it was peaceful.
Tiffany Coles is an educator who is passionate about student voice, Ted Aoki, Wendell Berry, whiling away outdoors, and all things 'bike'.