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Dead Duck Revisited

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Art credit: Helaina and Adaire Gibb

Last week while presenting in Vancouver on the practice of pedagogical narration I decided in a split second decision that I would present my narration on the dead duck. I told myself it was because I wanted to challenge myself and present something new, a narration I wasn’t comfortable with, that I couldn’t predict or expect the questions or reflections that it would inspire. We had a thoughtful conversation about the narration.

 As I was driving home from the presentation I realized that wasn’t the reason. Truth, I want to talk about death. That moment on the beach with the children has raised so many questions.

 Why are children able to discuss it so openly but adults tend to shy away from the subject?

What age do we stop talking about it? 5, 8, 12…?

 How does one learn to stop talking about it? Are we confronted with the taboo, are conversations rejected, dismissed or are we scolded for talking about it so openly?

 Where did this assumption that children don’t understand death come from?

 I wonder how I can explore death with the children in a meaningful way. (A way that wouldn’t freak out my colleagues or families)

 So I invite you to add your perspective, your layer to my inquiry. What are your thoughts? What questions does the dead duck bring up for you? What stories do you have about death?

Danielle and I with the wonderful women of Victoria CCRR

Thanks CCRR!


Danielle and I with the wonderful women of Victoria CCRR

What a tremendous evening! Victoria Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR) hosted an open house for The Images Of Learning Project exhibit this past Wednesday.  Seventy people came to enjoy fabulous cheese platters, plates of beautiful desserts (I am hoping they came to see the exhibit and not just to eat!) and to read and reflect on the exhibit.

Two centres came with all of their staff to the open house, and then went for dinner afterwards to reflect together on it. One college instructor brought a group of students, and then they gathered to talk afterwards. People told us they were inspired and provoked. Some people came for a quick look, others lingered for a long time. This is what we hoped for, what we dreamed of, that the exhibit would engage people, get people thinking, discussing, and reflecting.

 Many thanks to Belinda Macey and the wonderful women at CCRR  for giving us the opportunity to share the exhibit locally. And thanks to all who came. Please keep the dialogue going!