Some background for this Module we explored the "Circle of Life" the ways in which Native Americans viewed/ still view the interconnections of all life. I based the discussion on short videos of interviews with Indigenous people talking about their life, one on
the Hopi Creation Myth. I also included a quote from Black Elk (where
he talks about the circular nature of the world).
I believe, from the responses I have received in this discussion board
my students are seriously re-thinking their views of the world. Several
spoke about how "in general" many people have discounted the need or
importance of respecting the water and land.
The original post of this is what students responded to. I am keeping a copy of the suggested revisions. Plus will keep these thoughts in mind for upcoming discussion boards/ Journals.
So far, I am happy to share the majority of my students have reacted to the activites, some are sharing the connection, while a number are feeling challenged. These students, I sense are "upset" to find they never were taught or learned about the Original People here in the United States. Somehow, I feel my Canadian neighbors are better at teaching and sharing the First Nations history.
I really like your suggestion of "capturing" their first thoughts... wow, powerful!! These could recorded... Oh my, ideas spill over!!
I know the semester has just started, but still, I will suggest to students that have unanswered questions or desire to learn more (on a deeper level than covered in my course), on a ______ topic, I propose it might be something they would like to explore as their Final Project. Their Final is student driven and rather open (I do post a rubric), they post/ share their Final with the whole class. In past courses, I have had my socks knocked off with their submissions. I feel since it is a topic they are interested in, not assigned, the end results are more than impressive. I also know they have learned more in this process.
Thank you for your positive interest!! I too, am curious as to the outcomes! Hope you have a wonderful semester!