Students share an object of meaning from their life. In groups of 2 they interview each other and then report out.

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I've done this in my class to demonstrate how personal artifacts, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, can reveal a rich story about a person and their life.  I ask students to bring in an "artifact" or treasure from their life.  In teams of two, students share the artifacts and the stories.  Then each duo reports out, sharing the story of the other person.  I've been doing this for several years and it never fails to open my eyes to my class and is usually a very touching experience for all.

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Hey Caley - great idea. It's really similar to this idea posted by Lane Laney  -- Lane is a teacher in Richland. Where are you located? It might be interesting to team up - even if though you're in different locations, could be a fun way to collaborate and learn.

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Hi Caley! this is a great activity--I have done this as part of an art class with older students, and after the share out, students worked together to create an art work that shared the similarities of their experiences or similarities of their artifacts, it was interesting to see what students found in common with each other or how they might contrast those experiences.

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This sounds like a powerful activity Caley . Would you encourage any specific adaptations or instructions when doing this activity with a kindergarten class vs say a 7th grade or 11th grade class? Do you make the empathy work that is being done explicit and is there a way to continue building on it throughout the year?

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I love this activity! I too have done it at all levels and with different classes-it brings out so many great stories. Sometimes I go first to give students an idea of how deep they can go. How do you frame this for them? How do you make sure that they feel safe sharing? Do you have ground rules? Also, it would be great if you could add a photo to your post-it helps tell the story! Let me know if you have any questions!