OK, so I don't try to hide the fact that typing about something is my least favorite way to process stuff. But I guess luckily for me (unluckily for this blogging mechanism), after the session, theresa, chuck, leona, and myself - as well as some others - got drunk together. during that process, we did a lot of talking in and out of what we did that day and what we've done so far. let me try to put down some semi-coherent thoughts here.
we started with chuck's music activity - and i honestly feel like i could have done that all day. now i just want to randomly pick a book off the shelf at home and randomly pick a CD out of my case and try to match up each song with a place in the book. And I want to do that every single day - and then I want to ask everyone I know to do the same thing, and then we can spend all day Saturday talking about it. I think what was so gripping about doing music was that everyone has a fairly intimate relationship with music - but many of us don't feel we have the vocabulary to talk about it. Relating it to the text gave us permission to talk about music in the most accessible terms, which is how we receive it in the first place, so it kind of connected the listening and the analysis in a way that is natural - but for some reason, most of us don't do.
Leona's photography activity was also transcendent. I made my best effort to start the activity - like with every activity - with as clear an idea of what the tasks were as I could. Because we're workshopping these lesson plans, I've been wanting to try to do each activity with no preconceived notion of where we'll end up, and just trust that the work we end up doing will take us there. And I think I started this one very doubtful in my own ability to do anything special with it, but as luck would have it, each step opened us up a little more, right? When Leona put in that twist at the end - by having us hand the camera to someone in the scene - it was unexpected. I kind of assumed we might just look at different parts of the text and take a bunch more pictures, but we actually needed to take a picture of the same thing - and somehow convey a different story with it. that made a lot start to pop off in my brain.
Also, I think it was helpful to have Doris there offering help. Because we each only get one shot at running our lessons with each other, I think Doris was interrupting more than she wanted to - but it's better to have that happen early, than to wait until we've run an exercise that doesn't get us to a place we want to be. Part of me wishes she had been present when Gee and I did our pieces because she has the most experience with this specific method, and so she may have seen some things we didn't catch at the time. Although, I think by now, our cohort here at BCNC can look over each other's plans and offer helpful feedback. I think we were already doing that as early as the 2nd or 3rd session, and we'll certainly get better at it over the next several weeks.
One more to go! I think we're all looking forward to the one from Theresa.