The Seed of Voice

Barbara Clark Painting

                                                                                                                                                                                                             Painting by Barbara Clark, 2009

                                                                                                                                                                                                             Photo by Roy Temple

Click here to view a powerpoint presentation on Creating a Compassionate Community.


In this slide presentation titled, Hearts and Minds Without Fear, teacher candidates reveal compassionate messages as a result of participation in a community program to teach children about homelessness. The teacher candidates created the compassionate community curriculum for children. Diverse symbolic messages that change the face of homelessness teach children to utilize compassionate action in their community. These aesthetic actions impacted pre-service teachers ‘voice’ in relationship to their sense of self as teachers and beliefs about teaching children. The critical importance of nurturing and exercising the imaginative realm is revealed and presented in these slides by teacher candidates highlighting for children how social and eco justice issues in their local community such as homelessness can be addressed. The teacher candidate’s voices acknowledge the critical importance in shaping how pre-service teachers perceive themselves as creative, compassionate teacher leaders of change in education. One future teacher stated, “We as future teachers can change the world. The idea starts small and grows.” Shared imaginative action within a compassionate community commons reveals creative and innovative action. “Imagination, that form of thinking that engenders images of the possible, also has a critically important cognitive function to perform aside from the creation of possible worlds. Imagination also enables us to try things out-again in the mind’s eye-without the consequences we might encounter if we had to act upon them empirically” (Eisner, 2002, p. 5). As a result of participating in a compassionate community commons to end homelessness, students reveal possibilities for transformation. One pre-service teacher’s voice:


I have found my inner light and it makes me want to go out there and make a difference. Since I was a very young girl, I knew that I have always wanted to be a teacher. But now I feel even more than that. I feel like I can be a teacher and change the world. I want to show students how school can be a learning celebration rather than something they have to attend everyday because it’s mandatory. I want to create a classroom that is memorable. My students will be able to count on me for anything because I will never speak negatively of a child. When learning is memorable to students they will remember what they have learned for the rest of their lives. As a future teacher, I want to be the change I wish to see in the world. Can you hear my voice?



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