An elephant planter as an example of a non-disposable assignment:
The activity was to make a clay planter. I had recently lost my beloved mother and wanted to access her energy and decided to make an elephant planter; she especially loved baby elephants. This wee planter may seem a trivial example of a non-disposable assignment. However, for me, it represents the essence of doing our soul work and I feel vulnerable sharing my clay baby elephant. My head is full of how ‘silly’ this example of a clay figure is, but it represents, to me, my potential to grow into my wisdom and strength and remain open and vulnerable. This image is a reminder of the work I need to do, continually, on my soul, and, in the unfired state, a metaphor for how we feel when we have not yet fanned or ignited our soul.
If you will allow those images, words, music etc., to come through to create your digital story this is a start. No matter what your head (nasty dragon called ego) says about the seeming ridiculousness of what comes through, don’t hesitate because you may not initially understand what your digital story is conveying. Sit with it, let go of any judgement; the understanding will emerge. Please do not let anyone else interpret your soul story, it is unique to you, and only you can fully understand and embrace your life purpose and potential. It is my sense through the soul story project you will move deeper into who you are. The outcome you present, the digital soul story, is individual to you, and will become a project you conceivably will feel was worthwhile and meaningful and therefore, non-disposable.
The CAP project uses the non-disposable assignment and has several intentions:
The Soul Project’s Intentions:
What is a Non-Disposable Assignment?
On an ordinary day, I signed up for three, one and half hour long workshops called, The Non-Disposable Assignment. In the first hour of this class, I knew I would be able to bring to life a project I had been thinking and imagining for my CAP.
In my own words, the non-disposable assignment is about creating an opportunity for [participants] to individualize their project. The result is the process and product are unforgettable to participants. Rather than what I certainly have experienced, and may even (full disclosure) have subjected my students to, assignments and projects of little or no interest, and once completed are forgotten. To read more about what a non-disposable assignment is, go to https://wordpress.viu.ca/enhancingpersonalizedlearning/about/
To read the posts on the progress my classmates and I made while in the Non-Disposable Assignment workshop go to https://wordpress.viu.ca/enhancingpersonalizedlearning
Using the format of a non-disposable assignment for my CAP is for me, a commitment to the workshop facilitators and my colleagues in this workshop to follow through and develop and deliver a non-disposable [digital soul story].
David Wiley is a guru on free pedagogy; he is committed to the idea of providing educational opportunities with an entrance to open educational formats. He is interested in and promotes the ideas of less cost to students, for example, in regards to the expense of books and resources. Wiley invites educators to consider opportunities within a course/program for students to work on assignments that are non-disposable, i.e., are exciting and do not end up being shredded and forgotten or cost them a lot of money. If you are interested in learning more about David Wiley, his website offers a good overview of the person and his work http://davidwiley.org/