The final assignment for my EPSE 308 class was an autogeography assignment meant to map the experiences in our development as adolescents that most affected our identity and determination to become educators. We were asked to create or find an artifact that best represented these experiences, and write a short paper that reflected our choice in objects for the assignment.
I chose to create a series of three drawings so that I could exercise a bit of long forgotten creativity and art skills. Although I had never worked with inks before or in an illustrative style of drawing, I had a really enjoyable time working on the assignment and am very happy with the way they turned out.
The illustrations were made to accompany a poem by Vancouver poet Amber Dawn titled “Whole Messy Thing” from her 2015 collection of glosas titled Where the Words End and My Body Begins. I discovered this book by accident a few weeks before I began the assignment, and immediately connected with the opening glosa that deals with the theme of Sadness. Mental illness was an obstacle to myself and many of my peers during high school and is something that really fuelled my interest to work with high school aged youth. I am very interested in Social Emotional Learning because of my own experiences and the experiences I observed in others I was close to, and the drawings below, in relation to the poem, reflect these experiences that have made me a more empathetic educator.
On December 16 we celebrated the launch of the Writers’ Exchange fall program book titled “The Book of Everything”!
Each student that attends our programming had a piece of their own writing professionally published in the book, and everyone got to take a copy of the book home to share with family over the holidays.
I myself had a lot of fun re-reading the stories by the kids over the holidays – I am continually impressed and humbled by the incredible stories that these little ones come up with!
I am SO PROUD of all the hard work these kids put into the creation of this book and glad that everyone had such a good time at the party celebrating. I am especially proud of those who chose to read their stories in front of the 100+ people who showed up to the launch! Even I was nervous when asked by a kid to help them read in front of the crowd… so it was very impressive that so many of them had the confidence to get up there and share their amazing work.
I am so lucky to be involved in the lives of these little ones, and with the amazing organization that does so much for them. For more info on the Writers' Exchange check out their website at www.vancouverwe.com or click on the social media icons below for some more fun pictures!