I (yiola) will admit that as a classroom teacher – while I thought I was a good teacher of student learning – I lacked creativity both in content and pedagogy. Recently, I came across this link:
and now, as a more experienced (teacher) educator and reflective practitioner what came to mind was, “wow… so many interesting ways to use this link and these beautiful images with the mandated Ontario curriculum”. For example, any grade and topic in the Social Studies curriculum could be applied: Grade 2: Communities Around the World; Grade 3: Living and Working in Ontario (a perfect opportunity to explore the various regions and compare and contrast their beauty); Grade 4: Physical Regions in Canada (exploring photography to “unearth” physical landscapes); Grade 6: Canada’s interactions with the Global Community (moving beyond the political and economic). Social studies can be seamlessly linked to literacy and the more I explore multiliteracies the more inspired I am to employ the visual and the aesthetic to develop meaning and understanding… and communication. Imagine the Visual Arts lessons and opportunities front these images — ‘Hello group of 7″ — and colour, and perspective, and line and emotion. And to grasp onto the beauty of what may be unfamiliar to students living in urban centres or familiar to those living in more remote regions to discuss lifestyles and Healthy Living from the Health and Physical Education curriculum.
Which ever way children chose to inquire, creative opportunities and aesthetic resources may offer new and exciting opportunities for seeing the world and themselves. This concept for teaching is more inspiring than how I recall teaching and learning (i.e. comparison worksheets of city life vs. rural life).
PS — I thought of my good friend Clive Beck as I enjoyed these beautiful images! I hope you enjoy them too.