I was at a table with Joshua and Ceinlys and we talked about the merits and draw-backs of Wikipedia, whether kids are actually getting smarter and whether or not graphite is the most expensive material in the world.
Our first activity harked back to kindergarten with good old cut, paste and colouring. We were given dozens of illustrated pieces to piece together a bird that represented our personality.
By looking at and considering so many different options we were thinking divergently, opening our minds to possibilities. By selecting the pieces we wanted for our task and putting them together we were thinking convergently, narrowing down our options to make a final product.
While we worked, Ceinlys told me about her awesome project that invites people to describe their experience of mental illness through art.
I also chatted with Joshua about his passion for becoming a history teacher. “I have so many dreams that I want to do but I know that I won’t be able to achieve all of them in a lifetime, so what I thought is that I’ll help other people achieve their dreams, and live through them in a way.”
He also talked about how learning history can help people in their travels.
“In history I’ve learnt about Aboriginal history, Romanian history, the Ottomans, I’ve learnt about so many different cultures, and some many different ideals. And when you go to a different culture… you’ll be able to adapt better because of what you’ve learnt in your classes.”
Our second activity was making our own tarot cards to read each others futures. We divided the decks into people, places, events and communities, such as “In 2020 I will go to Dubbo and have tea with Nunka.”
The activity shows the basic building blocks of story telling; all you need is a person, a place, a community and then an event to catalyse it all.
On this day, I learned that WMBB students are already amazing storytellers. I was drawn into stories about their passions and ways of seeing the world.
I can’t wait to catch up next time to hear how their futures have unfolded.