Discovery and Evolution are two great words to assist in summing up my experience in this class. The discovery of some pretty remarkable facts about Canada pre-confederation and the evolution of my learning about what it really means to do history, critically thinking in a historical manner, and learning about researching and how crucial it is to dig deep and understand the kind of research materials we use and why.
I chose a butterfly for my main picture because of the metamorphosis that a caterpillar goes through to become a butterfly. Much like this process I would liken my learning. I feel far more prepared to take on research and delve into asking questions like: Who wrote this? When was this piece written? Are there any specific biases that might come from the person and placement of this writing? To me this has introduced a more fulfilling take-away.
What a beautiful idea, to fly away with one’s newly obtained knowledge, like a butterfly falling from it’s cocoon for the very first time, and instead of dropping to the ground as a caterpillar would, feeling the wind capture its silken wings and change its course forever.