During each week of PenPal-A-Palooza our team profiles PenPals from around the world who demonstrate excellence in reading, writing, technology, and global citizenship skills. This week’s PenPal Stars come from just outside of New Delhi, India. In the town of Noida in the region of Uttar Pradesh, India, Ms. Aprajita Ralli makes global education and authentic writing practice a central part of classroom instruction.
Ms. Ralli’s young scholars connected with PenPals from the United States, Thailand, Australia, India, Spain, and many others countries to share perspectives and make new friends. Join us in celebrating these exemplary global citizens!
Divyansh recently talked about his favorite bands, and musicians with PenPals in A World of Music. Divyansh loves music. His favorite band is Twenty One Pilots. He enjoys their music because he can relate to their lyrics. Divyansh loves the song “Heavydirtysoul” because he is a drummer and loves to play the fast paced drum beat in the song.
After school, Divyansh practices the drums, reads science news, and watches videos about space. He also plays squash and football. Divyansh explained that, “my favorite thing about learning with PenPals is that it is a self learning platform which does not need the guidance of a teacher. It makes project-based learning very simple. I could learn about a particular topic at the same time with many others around the world, and also share my views with them.”
Divyansh, you are a PenPal Star! 🤘🥁
Kiesha, a 13 year old student in the 8th grade, discussed art with PenPals in North Carolina, Texas, and other parts of the United States in The Power of Art. Kiesha shared examples of art found in her community including texts, clothing, buildings, and performance art. For her culminating project, Kiesha curated an exhibit of famous Indian artists and their work.
Kiesha explains that her favorite subject in school is mathematics because, “it enables me to go further and think more logically.” She enjoys playing badminton and explains that if she could travel anywhere in the world, she would like to go to Jakarta, Indonesia because she loves the beach.
Thanks, Kiesha, for being a PenPal Star!
Gauri is a 13 year old student who recently connected with PenPals from Thailand and the United States in the World Explorer topic. For her PenPal Project, Gauri wrote an essay about the importance of Global Education. Gauri explained, “I firmly believe that students should learn about different countries and cultures because the exchange in culture is the exchange of knowledge.” She continues, “Global learning and education enables individuals to take purposeful action to improve their lifestyles and influence the world around them positively.”
Gauri’s favorite subject is biology because she is “very interested in how capable our bodies are as they have the ability to do remarkable things.” If Gauri could travel anywhere in the world, she would like to visit Switzerland. She would love to see the Alps and enjoy the mountain air.
Rivika is a true PenPal Star as she recently brought her perspectives to PenPals in THREE different PenPal topics! Rivika participated in Homes Around the World, Walking to Freedom, and The World Through My Eyes where where she met PenPals from California, New York, Virginia, and Texas. It’s no surprise that Rivika has such great advice on how to be a PenPal Star!
Her favorite subjects are history and English because “I love speaking and sharing my thoughts on certain topics and writing arguments.” When asked why she believes that global education is so important, Rivika explained that, “We all live in different parts of the world. It's important to be aware of what's happening around us, not necessarily near us.”
Thank you, Rivika, for sharing your unique perspectives with so many students on PenPal Schools!
Our final PenPal Star is Vansh, a 14th year old student in the 8th grade. Vansh recently participated in the Holidays & Festivals of the World topic where he compared how people around the world celebrate holidays. Vansh explained, “My favourite holiday is Friendship Day. I always enjoy this holiday as I always gather together with my friends and we bring friendship bands for each other. We tie these bands on each other's wrists with pledging that we will always support each other no matter whatsoever may be the reason.” What a wonderful holiday to share with PenPals!
When asked what advice he would offer other students on PenPal Schools, Vansh explains, “I would advise anyone to use the feedback given to you [by your teacher and PenPals] improve your project and also help others out.” Thanks for the great advice, Vansh!
Thank you to Ms. Ralli and all of her students for making PenPal Schools such a rich and dynamic learning community!
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