Sometimes I get so caught up in creating learning situations I forget to make sure it’s connected to reality. I was reminded of that today.
A pre-service teacher in my classroom was trying to help students understand point of view. To do this he used the old story about a group of blind men visiting a circus and encountering an elephant. Each of the men experienced a different part of the elephant and based on the point of view assumed it was something else.
He evaluated students progress of developing this skills by asking students a series of questions.
One students heard the story and sat thoughtfully thinking. When the pre-service teacher asked him “How did the men describe the elephant” he looked at him and said, confused, “Why would six blind men go to a circus?”