This has been cross-posted from Through global lenses
Week 3: Take a photo:
With movement, maybe one of your hobbies, or activities at school or freetime
Your hobby/hobbies or extra-curricular activities at school, what made you choose them and what they give to you.
Photo by Danielnau on Flickr
Cricket and football were at the top of our boys’ list of hobbies and pasttimes for Week 3′s assignment. This prompted a discussion about the different types of sport with questions about Australian Rules football and cricket.
You’re right; cricket is not a very common sport in the USA. I don’t know to much about cricket, but it kind of looks like baseball. Is cricket only a male sport, or do women play too? Wow 4-5 hours! That’s a really long game! Do all games last that long or only the games that go into overtime?
And yes its not very common sport in Finland. Actually I don’t even know any Finn that plays it. I’ve seen some cricket games on TV and they sure are very long. How long is an average cricket game?
(Another comment) Is cricket little bit like baseball? Cos i only know how you throw the ball and that the bat looks weird:)
In some cases students learned the rules of sports they didn’t play in their country, for example, one of the Australian students explained the rules of squash to a student from Finland.
There is ample evidence that students are engaged in learning from the overseas students – much more than if they had just read the information in a text.
Finnish student: Mostly we swim in summer because its only time in the year when water temperature goes over 20 degree Celsius.
Wow! I can’t believe that 20 degrees is warm. What is the water temperature usually?
It really depends on the time of year. Most of summer its like 15-19 degrees but it goes way below that on other time of the year. Some finns even go to swim when water is just over 0 degree during winter.
Photo by tiaafi on Flickr
Experiences are very different amongst students. This American student’s comment has been echoed by some of the Australian students:
I like this picture I looks like it came out of an imagination not from a real place some where. I have never touched snow but I have seen it before and it did look like a lot of fun.
Photo by keithtAU on Flickr
The above photo was greeted with surprise
(Finnish student): Woah! I never believed that there is a place fort ice skating in Australia. Is that some kind of indoor ice skating arena?
Sometimes the comments are about the photography:
Photo by brentonwau on Flickr
I really like this picture. You can see the movement in it but its still very sharp (Finnish student)
Some responses go deeper:
Photo by KierenT_au
I got this picture when I was gardening and when I saw it I was fascinated. It showed to me that us humans should be like this big although there are a lot of minor obstacles in the way there are also very big ones which I think is a perfect example of life. This bug showed me that there’s always a way around even if it was very big and take a long time to get around it still managed to get around.
While watching this bug for ages I just saw at some points that you get stuck and cant move and you need a helping hand or you might just get stuck and struggle for a bit but soon figure out how to get unstuck. I think that time is the greatest thing on this planet without time where would we be? Also without choices where would we be what if we couldn’t make our own choices?
I’m not sure if I could have asked for a better response if I had included more prescriptive guidelines. This student has blended photo with higher order and creative thinking. It’s interesting to see the occasional contribution with a surprising perspective. When students read the entire cohort’s responses, they get a rich diversity – so much to take in and respond to.
Understanding is unpacked through the dialogue. An Australian student talked about swimming when it was 30 degrees and an American student responded by saying
That’s insane 30 degrees I would die down in florida when it gets to 40 i think it’s like an ice age!!! It’s so crazy on the difference between there and here. By the way your picture is very cool and the pool looks amazing:) I love swimming.
A Finnish student clarified:
Are you talking about fahrenheit or celsius? Cos 30 degrees in celsius is really hot and morgan is talking about an ice age:)
Whatever the students have shared in this week’s assignment, there is plenty of positive reinforcement from their cohort:
This is very cool. the fact that it’s your passion and you enjoy it is even cooler. I like how you actually enjoy and look forward to it is awesome.