I was reflecting today on the exhibit I saw at @yadvashem on the visual documentation of the Holocaust, and how I can incorporate its themes into my Jewish History curriculum. I couldn’t stop wondering: How can a photograph tell a story? How can a photograph be read the same as text, with themes and characters and subtext? And if so, how might these new “texts” give my student a richer understanding of Jewish life than what they have been getting through traditional texts?
As a novice Language Arts teacher, @cbrown206 always told me to try every writing assignment myself, so I set out to use my own camera to capture the “small moments” happening in my own life to see how the images convey more than just documentation. After taking some pictures in my mother’s incredible Seattle garden at sunset tonight, I was shocked at the relative ease taking pretty good pictures is with today’s cell phone technology. My #teacherbrain is already thinking about how I can incorporate these skills into my students’ projects next year. I’m definitely seeing a gallery project in my students future... #iphone8plus#iphoneography#portraitmode#jewisheducation