“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”  Mark Twain

In April 2013 I found out why and by February 24th, 2015 I figured out how. Some days I am absolutely astonished by the impact calmversation has had in such a short amount of time. The messages I receive are heartfelt expressions from youngsters, teachers and humans right across the globe who understand we need a better way…

“calmversation is transforming the classroom community in so many wildly wonderful ways!! Jena has a way of entering the room with an authentic sense of “calm” and dissolve any fears or anxieties about learning. All students needs and ideas are recognized and celebrated through this awesome use of technology and the calmversation opportunity… each student is recognized and empowered to see themselves as the creative artists that they are meant to be. Observing, reflecting and connecting… language and photographs intertwined to unlock each child’s authentic voice and creative expertise.”

Nancy (Resource Teacher)

 

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When I hear calmversation it brings me to an image of Miss Jena.
She is calmness mixed in with sensational. In her witty, gentle, and calm approach she brings conversation to life. I observed Miss Jena teaching an energetic class of grade 4 and 5 students. In a world where technology can be isolating in relationships, she had the kids fully connecting with each other. She had the children in groups of 2 or 3 take a feeling word and take 3 photographs not using faces to show the emotion. Then as an entire class, the students observed them together and through the photos they connected with each other. Students were totally engaged in observing, listening, and feeling what their classmates were communicating with their story of photos.
It was magical to watch.

Laurie (School Admin)

Chris from Sweden posted…

A heart warming moment. When you receive 21 handwritten letters from kids aged 9-11 telling you how much they loved your Steller story about Faroe Islands, it would take a heart of stone not to be affected. Cuteness overload and something that definitely brought happy tears to my eyes. Thank you so much @missyjena for using my photography as a part of education for the kids in Vancouver, Canada. And also, a huge thanks to all the kids for your heart warming letters. One says "Dear Christoffer Collin, The story was like the happily ever after in Cinderella or how lucky Goldilocks was when she got away from the bears. Trust me that's a compliment. The point in your story was amazing!" / Alison age 10 Another: "Dear Christoffer Collin, The Steller story you did was too cool to be true, I loved the pictures in the Faroe Islands especially the sheeps, sunrise, sunset and the eclipse." / Naomi age 9 Thank you, thank you, thank you! ❤️

A photo posted by Christoffer Collin (@wisslaren) on

Thoughts from Ken in Korea:

I came across a certain concept on Instagram called “calmversation” created by the digital influencer and educator, Missy Jena.  The word itself really struck a chord with me, not only as it is the perfect word that sums up some of my experiences in Korea, but also photography wise, it is the feeling I strive for when editing my pictures.  As described brilliantly by their guest blogger, a calmversation is:

“… an opportunity to connect with others in time and space, based on a visual experience. These visuals embody peace and tranquility and the imagery often plays with the viewers’ senses. Our interpretation of these pictures may differ but the end result is always the same; a quietly beautiful conversation about what’s in front of us.”

https://instagram.com/p/4qGn67vjeE/?taken-by=seoul_stateofmind

 

These are a few of many stories attached to calmversation. Read how people are connecting to the concept. Submit your own connections or questions.

See more images on Instagram @calmversation and @missyjena.