After our talking circle this morning we used the blankets we were sitting on to begin learning about the Kairos Blanket Exercise. Calen and Taiven were the narrators and Raven and Michael were the Europeans. We lay the scrolls and babies on the blankets and handed out the white, blue, yellow and yellow with an "X" cards. We had to pretend we were both the Europeans and the Indigenous people because there were only eleven of us.
We had to stop for Phys Ed, but then we continued in third period and fourth, learning as we went along. Stopping to clarify along the way. We had a short talking circle to share our feelings and thoughts and then went for last break.
After break we went out into the hallway and looked at the Bulletin Board from last year's class who presented the Kairos Blanket Exercise 30 times to over 1000 people. We looked at the pictures to help us understand how it all worked. We took a few moments to write one sentence summaries of our thoughts on the Blanket Exercise:
Michael: My favorite thing about the Blanket Exercise is getting to know lots of info that shows me and tells me the things I didn't know.
Ernest: The Blanket Exercise makes me feel mad because of what they did to us back then.
Leslie: It was alright, learned some new things. Enjoyed the stories and other things were interesting.
Logan: Interesting because it's teaching us culture out of blankets.
Raven: I was learning about what happened and all that. At times it was kind of frustrating because they (Europeans) treated them (Indigenous peoples) unfairly and that they were better than Natives.
Mrs. Koops did some more explaining, and then we started pulling out the staples and taking the display down.