Last night we did a little silent spontaneous writing from a visual prompt. This image is very powerful. I appreciated it the minute I laid eyes on it. I knew it would help me get a bit of a baseline on your thinking and understanding. As a teacher, I think it is important to access your understandings and perspectives and record them in time. This allows us to track our path to learning. *Our visual prompt to begin the year:
Being able to track conceptual understanding over time is really important to me as a teacher. It is the best way I know to follow your progress closely in order to make adjustments in my upcoming strategies. How else can you deeply reflect on your learning as time goes on? Freezing your thought at different periods of time... after subsequent learning events... allows you to not only access what your current understanding is, but to also look forward to what you need and want to learn more about into the future. I hope you will find this focus useful as well.
So here we go: What were your initial thoughts and questions concerning this image? It is certainly striking, but why so? What do you observe here? What might be surprising about this? What was the strategy of the artist? What was he trying to convey? What questions do you have? What are you uncertain about? What does this make you think? What about this approach to starting off a unit of learning? I look forward to reading your thoughts from last night and your ensuing discussion to follow...
When I look at this picture I see the earth with just land and one tiny drop of water. Why is there only one drop of water? Is this what the world is coming to? Were the Mayans right all along? Are we using so much water and we can't give it back as much as we are using it? Is water going to be the new gasoline? Also, why is the water drop on North America, why isn't it on China?
Why is the water drop sticking up above the rest of the earth, and why does it look like its own little galaxy or something? Is all the water dried up? What happened to it? Where the water once was is it all desert now? Or is that all just what we as humans have thrown into the waters and our oceans are all ick and mud? Is that drop of water the only clean water we have left? If so then why do the Americans have it and nobody else? Will this create a war? World war 3?
I hadn't originally thought of water or the ocean like that. After you said this I was reminded of a lecture I attened for my ecology class about the Ganda River. How the Indian government had tried to purify the Ganda River as many villages rely on this main source of water not only for drinking but, bathing, cooking, cleaning as well as religious ties to the river. However the government failed in some areas and there is still pollution issues, showing that government does play a role in our water resources. Here are some sites talking about the pollution to the river and the government's role.
This picture is showing how important to life water is. The color of the globe is brown and green showing how much color/life water bring to the world. Not only does it add a color of blue but, also species richness or diversity in plants and aminals.There is a small blue droplet showing that even in far away places that the ocean still has a major role in human's lives. Yes, we may live thousnads of miles from the ocean but, we live on a river and where does that river lead too? The ocean.
Not only does water impact our location but also our religious and cultural beliefs. You learn that there are cultures that do "rain dances" where there are droughts or Jesus eaching a man how to fish. Last night we also talked about how importnat the rain forest is; what makes up the rain forest is that it's saturated with water. How the water comes from the ocean in what is the water cycle. That life depends on the ocean or water, that's what I gathered from this picture.