[Loch-Ruadh] Ways we learn and share
normaljeanne at yahoo.com
Sat Aug 5 07:43:49 PDT 2006
What a beautiful idea.
I'm sure your letter will spark imaginations & get things started. I've got goosebumps just picturing such instances come to life.
Thank you, Duchess Willow de Wisp.
(Please forgive me if my manners displease you in any way. I am new, and am not sure how to address a duchess.)
protectorate of FalconRose Keep
"willowjonbardc at juno.com" <willowjonbardc at juno.com> wrote:
Ways we learn
The SCA has always been a place to learn and show off our learning.
Traditionally there has been two ways which this learning and sharing
has taken place. The first has been the conventional form of classes,
and contests. . The second way we have shared knowledge is by showing
how arts and sciences were used in the Middle Ages by putting them
into context of our Medieval World that we have created. You can write
a paper on Beowulf and perform it at A&S or you can try telling it to
a bunch of Norsemen around a fire. You can teach spinning in a
contained classroom or you can sit in a tavern and spin. You can do
Shakespeare at a contest with set judges or you can try to entertain
people at a feast. One is very controlled and safe while the other
means you could have old fruit throw at you.
At this time we have a healthy range of conventional classes and
contests for about every form of arts and science. Almost every event
is filled with this kind of teaching and learning venues. Because
these activities take very little imagination and creativity and are
understood by people familiar with the modern world they are the most
commonly organized events. The other kind of teaching and activity
isnt as easy to arrange. Ideally it should feel spontaneous. Things
should just happen. The problem is that these activities are not
natural and they need planning. They need time to happen and
situations that seem natural. They require many people working
together and an organizer with a flair for the dramatic.
There are many groups with study history and historical arts and
sciences, but the SCA was the only group that studied these things
with our learning and doing slant. We lose a part of our magic when
we going away from that particular way of doing things. We need to
think of ways we can bring this form of learning back into our system.
I know it will be hard because we have gotten out of practice. Some of
our ancient people remember how it was done and I am sure we can help.
If you would be interested in trying organize some learning by doing
activities I would be willing to help.
Duchess Willow de Wisp
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