Communication: Voices and Stories
At present, grade 7 and 8 students, phases 2 and 3 are studying a unit on the concept of communication. The statement of inquiry, central idea, we are addressing is the following: The way people communicate ideas is an ongoing evolving process that is influenced by the context in which statements are uttered, the purpose for which they are spoken, and the role of media in society.
Thus, we are hoping for some service opportunities to emerge from this unit. One of the objectives we have in mind is to get students to experience ‘communication’ and find a way to tell a story, understanding the purpose, context and voice. At the same time, we want them to engage in experiences in which they learn from others and ‘give back’.
For this reason, we found a home for the elderly, in which students can go and spend quality time with some of the people living there. The institution did not have to make any accommodations for us; we adjusted to their routines- especially when they required students to learn something, which was great for their engagement. As students spent time with people, it was their job to document experiences and identify a subject that has a story in order for them to tell his/her story.
Students will decide how to present their story: written form, Power Point Presentation, video, photo album, podcast, etc. The objective is for them to share the story of a person who had an impact on them. This person is one of the individuals they spent quality time with.
With this experience, we are hoping students experience empathy, in order for them to awaken and/or enhance their sense of community while learning from past generations.
Jacob Wong has been particularly reflective during these visits as he has created a connection with an elderly war veteran.
Our commitment was to visit an institution at least 5 times during the unit and to establish a bond so that this experience happens every year. This would serve as a milestone for more opportunities for collaboration.
We would also like to learn from the institution and see how our human potential can be of use for them.