Thank you Two Writing Teachers for creating this space for me to share my corner of the world.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in another part of the world? Or even another part of our own country?
Last week Julieanne at To Read To Write To Be wrote about her trip to Catalina Island with her students. I remembered reading about her trip last year, and I was so envious. I know many of my students will never see the ocean in real life. Yes, they will read books and articles about it and even watch something on screen.
But to actually...
hear the sound of waves crashing on shore?
see nothing but water as far as the eye can see?
walk along a beach and pick up shells carried in from the ocean's waves?
see marine life in its own ecosystem?
Many of my students will never experience that.
Thinking about this, made me realize how different our students' background experiences really are. I began wondering about Julieanne's students.
Have they ever seen a snowflake?
Have they ever been in a cave, stretching deep into the bowels of Earth?
Do they get to see the leaves on the oak and maple trees turn colors and walk in them when they fall to the ground?
Have they ever heard the singing cadence of spring cicadas?
Have they ever hugged a tree so big that it takes several students to wrap their connected arms around it?
Have they ever hunted for mushrooms under the winter foliage?
|Photo by Flickr|
Have they ever watched the life cycle of a corn or bean field, from planting to harvest?
Maybe we take for granted what we experience every day.
What might be something your kids will never see?
What might be something you would like to share from your corner of the world?