Read all about how 3rd graders at Caliber: Beta Academy are exercising HEART through interactive dialogues!
Interactive student dialogues are very much part of our HEART pillar, in that they help students articulate their knowledge of self and others. It's a great opportunity for students to share a part of their story, often relating to their family and culture. After sharing their object, they then take related questions. This gives each student a moment that is theirs, to experience peer interest and curiosity in their story. It also helps to build a foundation for future discussions on themes relating to culture and identity... as well as a moment to shine!
A recent interview with Byron Rodriguez (3rd) who recently presented during morning circles:
Tell me, why do you think it’s important to have interactive dialogues?
Byron: "It's important because my classmates get to learn more about me. They also get to learn what is important to me and we get to talk about why I chose the object. Others might not know this part of me and my family, but during morning circles we get to discuss this."
Tell me about the object you brought this morning to share:
Byron: "I brought the bible-- a Christian bible. It’s important to me because it was passed down from one generation to another. My great grandmother didn’t know how to read and when she learned this was the first book she read and from there it was passed down to my grandmother and mother. It’s also important to everyone that is Christian like me and I wanted to share that with other students in my class. "
Why is this dialogue important for students to engage in?
Byron: "It helps other students understand our differences. When we bring in an object that is important to us, we get asked how it's related to our culture and this is a good thing to talk about. There are students that are Catholic and they get to learn about Christianity and why it's important to me."
How are interactive dialogues related to the HEART pillar?
Byron: "To me HEART is love and sharing my bible with my class is meaningful to me."
If you could share one piece of wisdom or insight related to this pillar with our community, what would it be?
Byron: "Open up yourself to the world so they can learn about you!"