But how can we communicate #perspective?

I just watched a video that inspired me to want to write about a word – a topic – a state of being (or have been): perspective. I think about perspective a lot. I wonder is it possible to have perspective if you’ve not experienced something first hand? I mean, I can’t truly know what it’s like to be a learner of English as an additional language, so how can I have true perspective about what it’s like to be one of my students who is? I really ponder this a lot and tend to lean more towards that perspective IS linked to life experiences…

HOWEVER…

Every once in a while, I’ll see a video that just…gives me perspective. Somehow, seeing a special video that was made by someone (or involves someone/something) that has experienced something I’ve not,  can just give me a solid feeling of understanding; I feel like it shows me success in perspective-giving. And that’s a powerful thing.

http://www.upworthy.com/a-moving-short-film-explores-what-its-really-like-to-live-with-adhd?c=reccon3

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Now, while being an English as an additional language learner is not the same as having Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (or another learning ‘disability’), it is another thing I didn’t really feel I had ‘perspective’ of…until watching this video.

Now, the wheels are turning.

IF a video can portray such powerful perspective for me, what can I be doing to get that same powerful perspective of my students and what it’s like to be them?

If we could all have more perspective about what it’s like to be our students, wouldn’t we be better teachers?

Added as an after thought:
There’s an ABC television show called “Switched at Birth” that is based on just what the title states and it just so happens that one of the children switched at birth is deaf. A great deal of the show is done in silence with only ASL and subtitles to show communication. It’s a weird watch for someone, I suppose, but I appreciate the show because it gives me a perspective that I wouldn’t otherwise have into a world of silence.

2 thoughts on “But how can we communicate #perspective?”

  1. Thank you for sharing that video Melinda – it has provided a great reminder that we must put ourselves in others’ shoes and try to understand and empathize with what they are going through. I love how this video so simply put the issue in perspective by tapping into a universal language that we all share – emotion. I would love to see what our learners come up with if given the opportunity to share their own perspectives.

  2. I love how the short story is filmed without words. It made me cry. Perspective is just that, seeing the world through different lenses. Yes, your life experiences certainly shape who you are as a person – who raised you, where you were raised, your culture, language, education etc. There maybe similarities that connect you with others but your life experiences make you unique. What is important for teachers and for that matter human kind is to respect and appreciate others’ perspectives and show patience and compassion. I like how Camille talked about tapping into the universal language of emotion. Thanks for sharing Melinda.

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