Color. Symbol. Image. Get in touch with yourself. Find out who you are!
Make students mindful. There are many techniques out there which help do this. The one we used with success with our is color symbol and image
Get in touch with yourself, they say. Go inward, they repeat. Find out who you are. All this is fine. The question is how? These are simple words, sentences with profound meanings, multiple definitions and are confusing messages. Simplify it, but how.
As a teacher, this is one of the duties on my shoulder. Make students mindful. Heavy words again! There are many techniques out there which help do this. The one we used with success with our students is color, symbol and image.
Rohihas been in the teaching learning space for about two decades, focusing on teaching English as an additional language. At Pathways School, Noida, she is also a Grade 6 form tutor, the International Award for Young People Coordinator.
First the routine and then the impact.
It is quite simple really. Students are given a stimulus, it could be read, watch or listen. Then they respond after they have identified and distilled the essence of their ideas. A representation is done of big ideas using a color, symbol and image. They then give a reason and explain their choice of the three. The outcome is as stunning as the myriad opportunities it presents.
Schools have been online for the longest time for us. Our students returned to physical school after almost a year, but not all. We met them for the first time during this academic year. The stimulus given to them was “How do you feel about being in physical school?”
From jumping with joy to confusion, togetherness to excitement. Students’ emotions varied as they themselves are so diverse.
Kyungna Kim Orange,
Kajal Kapoor Teal/ shade of blue and green
Coming back to school has given me so many emotions but happiness tops them all because that’s how it feels like. Meeting my friends, seeing my teachers, walking in the school gives me so much joy. I just want to JUMP.
Lime is for joyfulness as we finally came back to school after a long and boring year of the pandemic. Being in school is a sense of fresh air and that is also one of the reasons I chose lime.
Brown because brown is the color of togetherness. Going back to school brings us together, personally not virtually.
My emoji is two friends as we are back with our friends.
Students are given a stimulus, it could
be read, watch or listen. Then they respond after they have identified and
distilled the essence of their ideas. A
representation is done of big ideas
using a color, symbol and image.
The outcome is as stunning as the myriad opportunities it presents
Image is a group of kids and a banner of ‘back to school’ because this is the current situation we are in now.
I chose red because I think it represents excitement and chaos because with everyone coming back to school that’s what’s happening. I chose the upside down smile because everybody is happy and excited but things are not exactly normal. I chose the minions image because that shows how we are right now.
When I was thinking of a colour, I could think of many colours and a cloud. But suddenly, white came into mind and so the pure white cloud that makes me peaceful.
Also, before thinking of white, I could think of orange and red. But, I realized that it was reddish orange. And the symbol/image was a cloud in my mind. So before the white and cloud, I could think of a reddish orange cloud in the sunset that is up there, lonely.
I chose this image because this image makes me motivated and happy. When I see this image it makes me feel better when I am sad and lonely.
Students choose to voice about togetherness, meeting friends, teachers and getting out of home. This routine encouraged them to make connections and create metaphors. Nayaash Singh said, “My reason for choosing cyan is that I like it and it is like the sky and school is like the sky – freedom. I picked the emoji because in school I like to smile. And school is like a family to me so I chose that image.” Cara Jose was missing school and was super excited. She chose yellow hearts to exhibit that happiness and excitement. An excited baby to represent excitement for school and the color red was the choice of Jaiwick. His friend resonated the same sentiment with neon green. Hedansh selected orange to say that he felt better after going to school. Smileys of three different sorts were the representation for Aditya as he was finally able to get out of his house. Minions remained the choice of many to show stages of readiness for school. Kabir chose red and blue to show their opinions, feelings and emotions.
These were sixth graders who got in touch with their real emotions, to become aware. They took a step to inside their own selves. This routine helped them become more mindful of what they feel and why allowing them to voice their innermost thoughts. Big words, overwhelming concepts implemented by a simple routine.
The metaphors students create let them develop their understanding further. They make connections with what they know and feel empower to communicate their thoughts.
Project Harvard recommends the use of this routine to improve reading and listening comprehension. Should it be used after a lesson the CSI routine will help children reflect on their learning. It can be used to generate a discussion on a piece of a literary text or events of their own lives. Crucial ideas from the text can be highlighted, listed and students can be asked to select a color to represent the core meaning of that idea. The tone or mood of a poem can be captured by colors. Dark humor or sinister turn of events could be represented by images. This routine allows for thinking out of the box, being as creative as possible. There are no rules so long as there is a reason for the selection made.
Color. Symbol. Image.
Get in touch with yourself.
Find out who you are!
(PS – Names of the students have been changed.