When we did the Blanket Exercise that was the first time I have participated in that activity. It was a huge shock to me that half of the scripts being read I have not heard about before or have only learn brief details about. The blanket exercise told us the hardships First Nations were facing at this time, and discussed colonization as well. It was an eye opening experience as each part was told through a different perspective. In the Article Community Story Circles, I focused on the fact that story telling disrupts the traditional way of Instruction. Stories are a great way for children and even us as teachers to learn. I think it makes it easier to connect to what is happening, and dig for a deeper meaning. ESCI has taught us how to disrupt the traditional way of teaching and get ourselves and our students out of the classroom in order to grow and connect. The Blanket Exercise was a great opportunity to do so, and also a great tool to have under our belts going into the teaching field.
I personal place I can relate to on where learning through stories came into play, as well as a personal childhood place that I hold dear to my heart would be for sure my kitchen in my house. Everyday when I come home especially when I was younger and in high school. The kitchen was always a place where my whole family would gather to trade stories, or just converse about the week. Even for people outside of my immediate family my kitchen was always a gathering spot in my house. All my friends enjoyed sitting at our big Island talking.
When I think back on my childhood and even now the first place where I think of trading stories and valuable life lessons is in the comfort of my own home.