Today, we took advantage of the only nice day this week by clearing out of our classroom and trekking around our building and its grounds in search of photographs for our digital stories. My kids were in seventh heaven – a beautiful day, an impromptu field trip, and permission to use their phones to take pictures during school hours…it was all just too delicious to believe! Bonnie was with us to record the process and the fun…and fun was had (as you can see in Bonnie’s SOL today).
Two students did not have their phones with them, so one borrowed my ipad and another was entrusted with my iphone. As we made our way hither and tither, I noticed that Sam, who had my iphone, was moving around with particular deliberation.
He crouched low for one shot, then tilted his head back and stretched his arms as high as they would go for another. Suddenly, he leapt behind a stand of forsythia bushes, and wedged the camera right in the center. And then he was off, climbing a fence to get just the right angle for a shot of some trees in bloom.. Sometimes he was the very last photographer in our rag tag band of digital adventurers, and sometimes I could see him way ahead. At one point, seeing him bent over a carpet of dogwood petals, I made some off hand comment about his careful process. He turned around and looked at me in that quiet Sam way – thoughtful, and considering his words carefully. “Yes,” he said, “I want my eyes to see what my imagination thinks.” Then, leaving me to ponder over exactly what he meant, he was off to capture the next shot.
This evening, I retrieved my phone and set about tagging Sam’s pictures to email them to him. I expected to have to sort through a bunch of random pictures, too many of them at that. But I was wrong. Sam may have looked as though he was all over the place, taking pictures of nothing in particular and wasting his time…but he was actually deeply engaged, making his eyes see what his imagination was busy thinking. Each photograph, so carefully composed, is now ready for his storytelling.
I can’t wait to read Sam’s stories.