Slice of Life Story - The Potential That Lies In Artefacts
I took a bag containing a collection of artefacts into a classroom last week. I invited students to delve into the bag and take out a single item. I then shared the story associated with each item. In my mystery bag of goodies students lifted out a ticket to the Sydney Olympics, an old camera originally owned by my father, a Turkish coin, a photograph of my grandson, a badge designed by Author and illustrator, Terry Denton and an antique Balinese bamboo spice container. The students listened respectfully as I told the stories quickly and enthusiastically. They had questions, their curiosity aroused by the various items I shared. My aim was to show them that we all have stories to tell. Sometimes those stories surround the keepsakes, treasures and artefacts we hold close. I challenged them to think about some of their personal artefacts as a potential source for writing ideas. They resolved to go home and sketch or photograph some of these treasures and place them into their respective notebooks and write about them. I suspect that previously these things had been overlooked. They now had a fresh lens through which to view their world. I am filled with anticipation as to what their investigations might uncover.
Unlocking the ideas that reside in things is always energizing. One student told me as I was leaving, ‘I can’t wait to write about some of my special artefects’ That comment made my heart sing.