PBL Example: Ahmet Adem from Turkey Gains Global Citizenship Skills through PenPal School’s World Explorer Project
This month, students around the world have been participating in Schools Around the World to show off what makes their school special in the Global School Pride Contest.
We’re excited to celebrate five PenPals Stars from Illinois, USA who recently participated in Schools Around the World. Alyssa, Jeremy, Rachel, Andrew, and Autumn are middle school students who compared their school with schools around the world.
If you teach poetry, then you know how challenging it can be to find poetry for students that is motivating, engaging, and inspiring. One of the best ways to teach poetry is to expose your students to diverse poets. This not only broadens their understanding of poetry, but helps motivate students to create their own poems to share with the world.
Today, we’re celebrating five PenPal Stars who recently participated in A World of Poetry. Abby C, Abby W, Katelynn, Aurora, and Annalise from Ohio, USA are middle school students who not only learned about poetic devices and poets from around the world, but also wrote their own poems that they shared with a global audience! Check out some of the student poetry from their project:
Money management and financial literacy are often overlooked topics in classrooms around the world. Some students get to learn about money in math class, while other students have the opportunity to take an economics class, but far too many students leave school unprepared for money management. The new financial literacy curriculum from PenPal Schools helps students to set short and long-term savings goals while designing budgets with their peers around the world.
Today, we’re excited to share a project based learning example from our math curriculum and celebrate PenPal Star Ally from Washington, USA. She recently participated in Financial Literacy & Money Management and learned “when people save their money, good things come out of that and you will be better off saving money or spending it on very important things.” She was recognized as a PenPal Star for her writing, and she did a great job of citing evidence from the lesson in her responses!
A recent study from MIT found that fake news stories “are 70 percent more likely to be retweeted than true stories are.” With so much false information spreading around the internet, it’s more critical than ever to make sure that students are exposed to media bias and media literacy so that they can identify fake news articles and prevent them from spreading.
We’re celebrating PenPal Star Ramon from Louisiana who is participating in Facts, Opinions and Fake News. Ramon had a chance to practice analyzing a news source to evaluate its credibility:
This October, students around the world will be comparing their school communities while showing off their school pride in our Global School Pride Contest! Today’s PenPal Stars have shown their school pride in this project based learning example from Schools Around the World!
Meet PenPal Star Alyssa from Florida, USA! She recently participated in Immigration in the 21st Century to learn more about the impact that immigration has on communities around the world. In this project based learning example, Alyssa and her classmates created an Immigration Hall of Fame!
Last week, students around the world celebrated the International Day of Peace by participating in a variety of PenPal Schools projects. By connecting with their peers around the world to exchange perspectives, learn new languages, and discover world cultures, students develop empathy, international mindedness, and other social and emotional skills that make our world more peaceful.
Today, we’re celebrating Meylyn from Georgia, USA as a PenPal Star! She recently participated in The World Through My Eyes to discover the stories of young people around the world through documentary filmmaking. Through Meylyn’s work and other project based learning examples, it’s clear that learning with students from around the world leads to a deeper understanding of a world of peace, empathy, and respect.
One of the biggest benefits of global education is that students make major improvements in reading and writing without even realizing it! PenPal Star Camila from Argentina experienced this recently when she participated in World Explorer. She noticed her writing getting better week after week, but she was more focused on learning as much as possible from her global pen pals!
Whether or not your students know it, they are exposed to fables, folktales, and myths all the time. A lot of the popular movies, TV, and music today tell the stories of ancient fables or famous folktales. It’s no wonder, then, that exploring these stories is a great way to learn about different communities around the world!
Today, we’re celebrating two PenPal Stars who are participating in Fables, Folktales, and Mythology: Nash from Thailand and Georgia from New Zealand!