Chalk Challenge, Week 21

If you won a trip that included transportation, how would you like to start that adventure? By train, car, bus, boat, hot air balloon, helicopter, dragon …?
this is your dream scenario… ready, get set, chalk it!

Would you fly away on a dragon?

Would you fly away on a dragon?

 

Chalk your dream mode of transport for your adventures and explorations, and share it on our Facebook page, or on our twitter, or email it to us at chalkwithme@gmail.com.

 

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Chalk Challenge, Week 20

We store so much information in our minds. How do you imagine storing it? In a cupboard under the stairs, in organised piles, in chaos, in a colour-coded, alphabetically-ordered filing system? Do you rake it into a pile in the middle of your brain, like fallen leaves or snow? In different rooms of your mind mansion?

Do you imagine keeping your thoughts and ideas in a cupboard under the stairs? In a well organised file or notebook?

Do you imagine keeping your thoughts and ideas in a cupboard under the stairs? In a well organised file or notebook?

 

Chalk out your mental storage unit, and share it on our Facebook page, or on our twitter, or email them to us at chalkwithme@gmail.com.

Chalk With S: For Whose Amusement?

Today, my sister got home after her day at college, and was quite upset about a video her class watched. I would like to share her experience with you here.

The video points out that many schools in rural India have teachers that are unqualified and are teaching their students incorrect information. It focuses largely on the incorrect spelling being taught in English, starting with the days of the week. The teachers are interviewed and asked questions, which they are unable to answer correctly.

While the video points to issues that need to be addressed, my sister found it quite sad to watch. There are sound effects to encourage the viewer to laugh at the teachers. The way the questions are phrased are meant to belittle the teachers and mock their lack of knowledge of the English language, and ability to teach the same. My sister observed the reactions around her as they watched the video, and was disappointed to see that there was laughter, that some people found this entertaining.

In my opinion, whether or not you understand Hindi, this three minute video’s intention to make fun of the teachers is quite clear. Look at the writing on this chalkboard:

I agree with my sister on her view that drawing attention to a problem such as this need not include mocking the English language skills of those involved, when what needs to be looked at is the system. It brings up questions about media ethics, and how to write a story, and for whose benefit or amusement the story was written.

What do you feel about the effectiveness of stories told this way?

Chalk For You

We have chalked and talked a lot about why this project needs all the input it can get from you. Today, we want you to know why we think you could use a bit of chalk in your own life!

Chalk is a great way to deal with all those ideas you have floating around your mind. You could write or draw an idea you have been planning to work on, erase it, chalk over it, smudge it out, chalk over it some more. This could help you work things out – plans, thoughts, things that bother you, things you are passionate about, your dreams for yourself and hopes for things around you 🙂

Chalk to your heart's content

Chalk out all that is on your mind

Chalking in a public space (wherever legal!) is a great way to share a message. We do it every week with out ‘Chalk of The Town’ adventures, and it helps us share ideas in a non-intrusive way. You never know who might see it, and be inspired by it. It could guide someone to a fresh perspective on something, or just give someone something interesting to look at as they walk around town!

Chalk is also a great way to just get creative! Chalking can give you a fun break from all the things you have to do and worry about all day. You can doodle a bit, draw something you found interesting, or incorporate it into creative projects of your own.

Give chalk a chance, and let us know what fun places it takes you 🙂

Chalk Challenge, Week 19

Do you make resolutions for the new year?

Have you made your resolutions for 2014? How are they going so far?
This week, we would love it if you could chalk them somewhere!

Isn't this a fantastic resolution? We think so! :D

Isn’t this a fantastic resolution? We think so! 😀

Share your resolutions with us by commenting here on this post, on our Facebook page, Twitter, or at chalkwithme@gmail.com

Chalk With S: Awkward Santa Claus

I was last home with my family during the holiday season five Christmases ago. I have spent this December between my two homes, Kenya and India. This got me remembering all the Christmases I have had in these countries, including the one where I was an awkward Santa Claus.

I must have been around seven. We (the Deanes) spent that Christmas with my aunt and her family when we lived in Mumbai. Food, music, and family; all was festive and fun. Then, it came to present-opening time, and I was stoked. By then, I had accepted that someone had to put on a Santa costume and pass around presents on Christmas, because it just wasn’t practical for Santa to make an appearance at everyone’s gift-distribution sessions. What I hadn’t anticipated was being asked to step into his shoes for the occasion.

My aunt came up to me and asked me to be Santa Claus. She told me it would be fun, and she makes everything fun, so I took the fake cotton beard, and red clothes she handed me. But then I had my doubts. I put on the costume, thinking “no one is going to buy this”. I was seven, a girl, beardless, and Indian. I was not a large, old white man named Nick. Everything was working against me. But, I did it, because someone had to do it, or no one would get presents. It ended up being quite a laugh playing Santa, and my family enjoyed seeing the little one in costume,  but I did feel like a fraud. I kept thinking, “you know it’s me, and I don’t even look convincing”.

Can Christmas look like this?

Can Christmas look like this?

Now, I understand that moment a bit better. I had this idea that Christmas was only really Christmas if it looked like it did on American TV. My family are Christian, and have been celebrating Christmas for generations, but it still felt to me like we were not the real deal because we did not fit the image. I had many questions as a child, trying to understand being part of a minority culture seen by many I interacted with as being closer connected to the “West” than India. Were we believable? Church looked like churches from around the world, but did we fit the image? What about Church services in different Indian languages… were they considered authentic enough? Could you really wear Indian outfits to Church? Why am I called ‘Anglican’, and not ‘Catholic’ like the people I go to school with?

Being asked these questions in India, and the other countries I’ve lived in did play a role in solidifying my identity awkwardness. But, because I was asked, I looked for answers, and I understand all of this better as an adult. I now know Christmas can look different everywhere, and that the rotund man from the North Pole can be played by anyone, and is, in fact, optional.

More Time for Answers

We’re back!!!!

And we have some exciting news, we’ve decided to extend the deadline of our ONLINE QUESTIONNAIRE,  this way we will have more time to circulate it and get more of your awesome answers and feedback! 🙂

Extended Deadline!

Deadline Extended!

If you have not done so already, please take the CWM Questionnaire today, and share the link on your Twitter and/or Facebook so that your friends might take it too!

We have lots of chalking plans for the new year, and are going to start planning a few exciting Chalk With Me events for the summer of 2014!

If you have any chalking ideas, or event suggestions, do not hesitate to let us know. Email us at chalkwithme@gmail.com or message us on Facebook or Twitter!