This activity could be used as a community-building exercise, or even possibly an icebreaker, where students get to share more about themselves, in a new and different way. It engages students’ creative and critical thinking through story, allowing them to recognise the degree to which ‘origin‘ stories shape our understanding of the world, ourselves, others, teaching, and learning, etc., and recognising that sometimes we must write our own.
Reflection, creativity, decentering colonial ways of knowing and being. Students could also use their own origin stories to begin to think about broader original stories related to a project, or course content. For example, what is the origin story of a particular theory or concept?
It is helpful to offer participants examples of ‘origin‘ stories. One great source is Eduardo Galleano’s Memory of Fire: Genesis, but they can be drawn from anywhere.
10 -30 minutes.
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Something to write on and with, , or access to an electronic device if required.
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