Imagination Shivani Bathija

Essential question

Can imagination reveal truths that reality hides?

Journals

Journal #1

Shivani Bathija

Melisa D, Caton P, Ashmal L.

Badge Leader: Shivani

WOK Badge: Imagination

February 27th, 2017

My new formed group and I decided Imagination for our way of knowing. I believe this will be an intriguing way of knowing because, as a visual artist, imagination consumes a huge part of my life and I am very interested in getting to know how I incorporate the things I imagine to other activities in my life. My group and I decided on the essential question “Can imagination reveal the truths that reality hides?” Our initial idea to present this idea was to just use a PowerPoint presentation and explain our answer to the class, however after a brief meeting with Mr. Morrison about it, we realized we needed an actual activity to present, whether it be outside of class or an interactive experience we have with class. I took it upon myself to come up with an activity, as no offense, but no one in my group really seemed intrigued in trying to solve this issue, and I honestly wanted to get this done as soon as possible. Maybe that was a mistake on my part, because I do not feel confident that the activities I am thinking of will be an effective way of presenting our information.

Journal #2

Shivani Bathija

Melisa D, Caton P, Ashmal L.

Badge Leader: Shivani

WOK Badge: Imagination

March 1st, 2017

While two out of the three groups in my class presented today, my group was unable to go due to the fact we could just not think of an activity. This is mostly my fault, as my idea was using a Mad Libs and having people from our class fill in the words and explaining how the crazy scenario that resulted in the random word choice made a story beyond our reality, but I realized that the class’ participation didn’t really have to due with the imagination aspect of the lesson, which isn’t a very effective way to present the information. By the end of class today, we decided to use the connection we had to inventions in our presentation and make that aspect essentially a homework assignment for our classmates. The assignment was to come up with an invention to solve the dilemma of not being able to sit on the patio for lunch due to all the trash being left outside as of recent. We plan to connect to our essential question by using realistic imagination and our connection from imagination to sense perception.

Journal #3

Shivani Bathija

Melisa D, Caton P, Ashmal L.

Badge Leader: Shivani

WOK Badge: Imagination

March 3rd, 2017

My group presented today, and I think we did a really good job connecting our activity to our essential question. What I think I learned the most about this round of presentations would be that no matter what impressions I gather from my teammates, it’s important to give them the opportunity, if not force them, to participate, as that aspect did backfire on me in the end. Overall, I am happy with the knowledge I gained on imagination and am proud to have earned this badge.

Elective reading

For my elective reading, I decided to watch Season 2, Episode 10 of The Simpsons, which is called "The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace". I believe this relates greatly to our essential question, and even more so to our activity as this episode is all about Homer testing out multiple inventions and using his realistic imagination to use what he knows and what he can imagine to come up with inventions he deems helpful. When he does find an invention that works out, the double hinged chair, and he finds that it may have not been an original idea, it was still imagination that led him to the idea itself.

Extension proposal

For the extension proposal of this badge, I think the most appropriate thing to add to the elective reading list would be The Sherlock Holmes series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In this series of detective work and investigations, Holmes and Watson must use their realistic imagination to think of solutions to the case they are on. The use the clues and evidence, and the common knowledge known before the case (e.g, how long it takes a body to decompose), to help in solving the mystery. It it wasn't for the imagination of Sherlock Holmes, he would not be able to think of anything from the culprit's perspective, and how creative their plan might have been to get away with the crime for so long.

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