I usually pretend I don’t notice when I’ve been tagged for a meme. However, this time I was tagged with something new and different. Not only that, but I was tagged by someone whose blog I read but who I don’t know all so well. I thought, “Wow, how of cool of 21st Century Schoolhouse to think of me!”. And so…
This meme requires each player to find a picture or design a piece of art that communicates what you, as an educator, are most passionate for your students to learn about. A tough question! I didn’t spend forever thinking this one through though. My first thought was not “what do I teach” but it was more “what do I want my kids to know?”. Going from this angle, and knowing the conversations (ahem…lectures) I give my students, the one thing I hope they learn is: “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. This quote is broad enough that it can speak to large issues or simply smaller and more personal ones. A student might want world peace and can start by being nicer to the kids they don’t like. Or, it can be something as simple as a student changing their study habits so they can be a proud and successful young person who can pass that forward in life; a change this world could use for sure.
I asked myself what is one of my all time favorite quotes, then I simply did a Google Image search and came up with this. It’s not a perfect graphic but I can tell you why it speaks to me.
First, peace is bigger than us. This shows up in obvious proportions in this graphic. Second, the world is such a beautiful symbol for culture, for peoplehood, for peace; not to mention it can easily represent the environment. The third thing I love about this art is that the wings of the peace dove look like the Hebrew letter SHIN. The shin is the first letter in the Hebrew word SHALOM. And what does Shalom translate to? PEACE!
I am passing this along to some other wonderful teachers, can’t wait to see what you choose.
- Post a picture or make/take/create your own that captures what YOU are most passionate for kids to learn about
- give your picture a short title.
- Title your blog post “Meme: Passion Quilt”
- link back to this blog entry.
- Include links to 5 folks in your professional learning network