Learning is a journey. The sharing of stories is probably the greatest source of traditional learning. Story telling comes in many forms; oral, written and video. Today, the ability to share stories has never been easier, thus the opportunities for learning are endless!
As a young student, I fondly remember watching the National Film Board’s Paddle to the Sea. It’s a story about a young Anishinaabe boy who carves a wooden replica of himself paddling a canoe. The story follows the journey of the little canoe through the Great Lakes to its eventual destination; the Atlantic Ocean. The video connected me to the Great Lakes and opened my eyes to a world beyond Thunder Bay and Lake Superior. I loved the film, but couldn’t access it beyond the one day we watched it at school. Over time, I forgot about the story.
Fast forward almost 40 years to a gift shop across Lake Superior from Thunder Bay to Wisconsin and Big Bay State Park, This is where I rediscovered “Paddle to the Sea” and an unbelievable learning journey was set in motion. I shared the book with my young son and eventually, with people I was connected with throughout the world. Read more about the incredible journey in a recent blog post “Blue Gold”.
Part of the Blue Gold journey included reading “Paddle to the Sea” with my class and sharing our learning though our class blog and Twitter feed. Mr, Chidiac’s class from Waterloo, Ontario joined us in sharing their learning. You have to check out his blog post that chronicles our collaborative learning journey. It really is amazing what we can do in classrooms today!
So, the point of this post? Let’s Paddle to the Sea together! On November 12th, join Mr. Chidiac, myself and our classes as we journey back in time to journey with Paddle down the Great Lakes to the Atlantic ocean. Along the way we’ll meet many incredible people and visit some amazing places! There are many cross curricular connections and you just never know where our learning will take us!
In this shared doc you’ll find many ideas and resources that I like to use while reading Paddle to the Sea. Please feel free to share yours! If you’re on Twitter, share your class learning using the hashtag #Paddletothesea and on our Google+ Community!
If you’re interested in joining us, add you class to this form so we can add your pin to the map and connect with you!
We’re looking forward to paddling with you!
Mr. C and TheMADClass