Lesson #1 in my class is that photography is not simply taking selfies and adding filters! Photography is the art of writing with light and exposing images that can be shared, appreciated, serve a purpose to make a difference, or to express one's personal emotions. We had great discussions about what each person saw or felt when they looked at a series of images. The students had such unique and creative responses and were really getting into it! From abstract photography to story telling with an image, the students were generating ideas and making connections to what they saw in the photographs that were unique and personal to them based on their perspective and background. One of my favorite examples is of a photograph that I chose to include in my slideshow because it had leading lines that I wanted to point out to the students as a technique used in composition. A student's response was astounding as he said, "It represents to me how people are killing nature because it looks like the powerlines are going into the trees and killing the trees and the trees look dead." Everyone saw the image in a new way and the discussion took off from there. Kids continue to amaze me everyday!