The Boomerang Effect materialized in part because of a thought expressed by L.M. Montgomery to introduce her book, Anne of Green Gables. Her words have always seemed to echo my own feelings.
“It has always seemed to me, ever since early childhood, amid all the commonplaces of life, I was very near to a kingdom of ideal beauty. Between it and me hung only a thin veil. I could never draw it quite aside, but sometimes a wind fluttered it and I caught a glimpse of the enchanting realms beyond-only a glimpse-but those glimpses have always made life worthwhile.”
This has been my attempt to draw back the thin veil and let in the possibilities of imagination. I feel comforted knowing this is just a beginning and this work will continue as I grow in capacity. There is so much to be added to its pages, and so much I may have overlooked. I have done my best to touch on the major themes of artistry, design, learning spaces, community, autonomy, questions, communication, time, skills and resources. These are the thresholds concepts that can create learning environments that bring awareness for teaching outside the “commonplaces of life”.
Emily Ann Cotton
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