After reading an excerpt from an Atlantic Monthly article about the work of documentary photographer, James Mollison, students annotated; viewed and commented on the photo essay, Where Children Sleep; drew their own bedrooms (will be displayed in the halls by the end of the week); and participated in this morning's Socratic seminar. The Socratic method dates back to ancient Greece when Socrates used this process with his students and followers to gain a deeper understanding of an issue through thoughtful questioning and listening. Our Socratic seminar is almost entirely student run. Often times, I ask one question to begin the discussion and another one later in the session. Today, I asked:
In the article it states that "Where Children Sleep [captures] the diversity of and, often disparity between children's lives around the world..." Why is there such a disparity between the conditions of the children pictured in the photo essay?
Also in the article, it is written that "the project began on a brief to engage with children's rights..." What do you think should be rights all children should have?
Rebecca and I were amazed by the compassion, connections, perspective, insights, and other comments about the topic, children pictured, and issues that arose over the course of the one hour we spent together.
After over one hour of thoughtful and respectful discussion, students were asked to reflect on their participation in the seminar by answering:
1) As a listener, I...
2) As a speaker, I....
3) After analyzing the speaking web/map, I notice that I...