Storymaker: Read an interesting article and re-create the story using 3 photographs/cartoons/doodles, with captions and share here in the community. Comment on stories contributed by others. Reflect on this experience at the end of the day. Where could this experience take you?
I decided to read and create a story around the posts made for the Jam Jar activity on day 1. A summary is provided at the end of the post.
JAM JAR STORY
One day a group of people who shared an interest in creativity in higher education teaching and learning were invited to share the contents of their jam jars. Several people looked around in their immediate environment and found jam jars that they used. They described their contents creating and sharing meaning in the process.
Their stories revealed that jam jars are used to accumulate and store resources. These include materials, like screws, bolts and tea-bags, and tools like scissors, glue sticks and digital tools, that have potential to be used, in the right context, to enable us, or others, to use our creativity. It seems that creativity is more likely to emerge if certain resources are readily available in our immediate environment and we have the desire or need to design, make or fix things. In other words, jam jars (both physically and metaphorically) are important in the ecologies we create to learn, develop and achieve- including our creative enterprises and achievements.
Talking about how we use our jam jars triggered many interesting questions, enabled people to share their perspectives, the resources they used, their beliefs and values, feelings and experiences but ultimately the process enabled participants to share and co-create meanings in the shared context of the conversation.
From a higher education teaching perspective, perhaps the wisdom in the story is that the role of the teacher is not only to create jam jars containing resources for themselves and their students to use, but also to encourage and enable students to create their own jam jars full of things that they will need to tackle the problems and challenges they will encounter in their life.
Life is a jam jar its full of affordances for living a fulfilling and meaningful life if we can only see and realise it.