Sunday, December 7, 2014

Community and Student Supervision

During the month of December I am participating in #reverb14 as a means of getting my writing habits back on track. I will be altering the prompts as needed to fit within the scope of this blog. Today's prompt: Victory Laps: What was your biggest accomplishment this year? 

I was fortunate to be part of many great projects this year.  Being part of the effort to bring Walking With Our Sisters (WWOS) to Sault Ste Marie was a humbling and amazing experience.  WWOS is a commemorative art installation honoring missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada and the United States.  The project is community and ceremony driven.  It was inspiring to see so many people in Sault Ste Marie work together on the project and so many people visit the installation.  I learned a lot during this project and had the privilege of working with a great group of community volunteers.

This past year I also had the opportunity to supervise a fourth year undergraduate history thesis.  The student's thesis focused on the early years of the Shingwauk Residential School.  Acting as a supervisor was an extremely rewarding experience.  The sense of community amongst the supervisors and thesis students was inspiring and allowed for many a good historical debate. 

Being able to see a student work their way through an idea, background research, archival research, and the writing of a thesis was a unique experience that I am glad I had the opportunity to be part of. Having the chance to talk about writing strategies, research methods, and archival research with people who are just as enthusiastic about history is always a great thing. 

1 comment:

Paulina Cameron said...

I like the whole idea of your blog, it makes us see that we must listen to the wisdom of the past, however, we should avoid the mistakes of the past. Concerning your question. I guess, everyone has its ups and downs on the way to success, and it’s great that you have decided to take a moment and look back at what we have already accomplished. I can say that I have managed to find a site with great essays buy which was my personal accomplishment, but even a bigger step for my students who have found a new way of writing their essays. Thanks for your post, looking forward to reading about your next great accomplishment.