Preparing to make observations during school visits

Exploring the self to learn about the other | Recapturing a Sense of Wonder | Making the familiar strange

When learning to observe, we have to begin by examining our own experiences and perspectives.  Consider the following quote:

We do not really see through our eyes or hear through our ears, but through our beliefs.  To put our beliefs on hold is to cease to exists as ourselves…

— Lisa Delpit

  • What does the quote mean to you?
  • What lived experiences come to mind?
  • How does this quote relate to your work with young people?

Practicing the Art of Awareness

  • Look over the following photograph for a few moments;
  • Make some mental notes about the details of what you see;
  • Notice how you respond emotionally to the photograph;
  • Verbally describe what you observed and how you responded to the photograph.

 


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  • What were the differences in what each person noticed about the image?
  • Why do you think each of you reacted in this way?
  • What from your background, experiences, or values may have influenced what you saw in the photo?

 

  • Look over the following photograph for a few moments;
  • Make some mental notes about the details of what you see;
  • Notice how you respond emotionally to the photograph;
  • Verbally describe what you observed and how you responded to the photograph.

 


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  • What were the differences in what each person noticed about the image?
  • Why do you think each of you reacted in this way?
  • What from your background, experiences, or values may have influenced what you saw in the photo?

 

  • Look over the following photograph for a few moments;
  • Make some mental notes about the details of what you see;
  • Notice how you respond emotionally to the photograph;
  • Verbally describe what you observed and how you responded to the photograph.

 

Joe_and_jerry

  • What were the differences in what each person noticed about the image?
  • Why do you think each of you reacted in this way?
  • What from your background, experiences, or values may have influenced what you saw in the photo?

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