Slice of Life: Maps in the Mailbox

(This is for the Slice of Life challenge, hosted by Two Writing Teachers. We write on Tuesdays about the small moments in the larger perspective … or is that the larger perspective in the smaller moments? You write, too.)

In the Connected Learning MOOC (CLMOOC) this month, we’re centering on the theme of maps, in all sorts of ways. Geographical maps. Game maps. Learning maps. Systems maps. Imaginary maps. It’s all connected to the idea of #Mapvember, and the way we can visualize the known and unknown worlds.

As part of our monthly CLMOOC postcard project (where about 70 of us have signed up to send postcards to each other from time to time, either one postcard a month or season or year, or more, if you are so inspired), the theme is also mapping. I found these very cool postcards called Map of the Heavens, which are elaborate celestial maps from a museum collection that are just fascinating to look at.

Map Postcards for Mapvember

Yesterday, I popped a dozen postcards into the mailbox, sending my maps (and my text on the postcard was a compass map of my writing life) to places in the United States and way beyond (Scotland, Australia, Canada, etc.)

I love this way of connecting throughout the year, beyond the traditional CLMOOC Summers.

Peace (find your way),

  1. Your posts always introduce me to something new. I love the postcards and the fact that they will be finding homes all over the world.

  2. You are always doing something so interesting – I find myself continually amazed by your posts. You bring a creative to everything you do in school and in life. Thank you for sharing –we need more of this in schools and the world.

  3. I love the way you are always involved in so many projects and share them with us here! I have started writing postcards when I travel (again, because of course, I used to do this) and enjoy it (now I just have to make sure I send them).

  4. Similar to what Michelle wrote, I always learn something new from you, Kevin. You always seem to be on the cutting edge when it comes to creating, innovating, and writing. I’m so glad you’re a part of this writing community and my PLN!

  5. Kevin,

    What a wonderful idea! Sending postcards, getting them & communicating in real life! Wow!

    To me, sending a letter / postcard via mail is old school yet charming & relevant. Having a physical postcard in hand and connecting with other human being is special.

    I accepted the invitation & am looking forward to joining all of you, sending my first post card as well as receiving them.

    Best wishes.


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