Monday, March 3, 2008

Meme: Passion Quilt

Blogger Tamara Eden tagged me with my first meme. A meme is type of blog post (though the term did not originate with blogs) that builds on a bit of cultural information. Bloggers complete these memes, usually a set of questions which were passed to them by other bloggers, as a way to build on a theme or idea.

The meme Tamara tagged me with asks educators to find or design a graphic that depicts that one idea that you hope your students leave your classroom with. I love quotation by Gandhi that she selected: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” I, too, come back to this idea at many points in my curriculum focused on world literature.

As students learn about Liberia, Morocco, India, China, and people and situations all over this world of ours, it is critical that they do not see only our differences. It is important to acknowledge and respect the diversity of beliefs and traditions in our world, but it is equally critical to share with students the qualities and truths that connect all of us, regardless of one’s ethnicity, religion, traditions, or upbringing. Our humanity connects us. And this connection means that we have a responsibility to our fellow human beings.

Keeping with this idea, I wanted to find an image that spoke to this responsibility, the idea that we need to “pay it forward.” In my search, I also happened to stumble upon on a related website. Did you know that Friday, April 4th is Pay It Forward Day? What will you do to make this world a better place?

So now I’m passing this meme along to a five other edubloggers that I enjoy reading. I look forward to seeing what you come up with.
1. Penelope over at Where’s the Teacher
2. Mr. B-G’s English Blog
3. Fred the Fish over at Are We Doing Anything Today?
4. Clix over at Epic Adventures are Often Uncomfortable
5. California Teacher Guy

THE RULES:
  • Post a picture or create your own image that captures what YOU are most passionate for students to learn about

  • Give your picture a short title

  • Title your blog post “Meme: Passion Quilt”

  • Link back to this blog entry

  • Include links to 5 people in your professional learning network