Last Thursday, I posted about #shareaclassroompic, and 4 days later, I’m amazed at what we’ve seen.
We’ve had teachers from Africa, the Middle East, East Asia, and North America share their classrooms, and the similarities are fascinating! Despite different languages, religions, and culture, learning occurs in a similar environment around the world.
One of my favorite Ted Talks of all time is The Danger of a Single Story. Chimamanda Adichie does a great job explaining how all too often, we define an entire group, place, or region from limited information. Despite having watched this Ted Talk multiple times, I had a vision in my head of what a classroom in Africa would look like. When the first images from Africa were shared on #shareaclassroompic by Juliette Kyerematen, it clearly wasn’t what I had imagined.
Nor was the second African classroom from Lucy Hall-Patch in Sudan.
Who knows what we’ll see next, but I hope that this is a nice reminder for all of us, that no one person/school/story is ever the whole story!
Keep posting pictures in #shareaclassroompic – let’s see how students learn all over the world!