Teachers need to prepare students for future employment in careers dependent on new and emerging technologies, like robotics. 65% of elementary students today will end up working in jobs that don’t yet exist. Many adults today are already scared of losing their jobs to robots, but do kids share the same fear?
Teachers around the world want to connect their students globally to expand their worldviews and practice critical communication skills. So far, a quarter million students from 150 countries have participated in our global learning community! To celebrate a quarter million PenPals, we want to share some of our favorite stories about the learning and life-changing experiences students have been having through global connections.
Your students are probably familiar with the Disney movie Moana, but do they know that the film was inspired by a Polynesian myth? Stories about Māui and other myths were told thousands of years ago, and are still relevant today.
I don’t know about you, but I enjoyed story time more than recess when I was kid. Everybody loves a good story, and everybody needs to know how to tell a good story. Whether your class is full of aspiring lawyers, business moguls, activists, reporters, or politicians, your students will need to develop strong storytelling skills to excel.
Kids nowadays have Snapchat and Instagram Stories, but they shouldn’t be deprived of the myths, fables and folklore that you fell in love with as a child. These tales are timeless, simple, and teach students about cultures and communities around the world.
PenPal Schools Global Ambassadors improve our community by supporting educators around the world and sharing their global education practices. This week, meet Lori Wu, our Global Ambassador from Taiwan!
When I was just a tiny tot, the principal of my preschool told my parents that “Kids can’t think.” My mother laughed in the principal’s face and my father almost closed the door on the principal’s face. Of course, most teachers don’t actually believe that “Kids can’t think,” but I’m pretty sure what the principal meant to say was “Kids can’t think for themselves.”
Teachers are responsible for teaching students what they need to know, but it’s more important to teach them how to think for themselves. Students need to know how to read so they can consume information, but they need to know how to write so they can connect the dots and communicate their unique thoughts.
Students learn how to formulate opinions when they are exposed to thought provoking content and open-ended questions.
This week, we celebrate Ms. Gerez’s class from Mexico that took part in the PenPal Schools The World Through My Eyes project. Each of her students were paired with PenPals from around the world and watched Films by Kids documentaries made by young people in Mozambique, Tibet, India, and Colombia. Students reflected on what they learned with their fellow PenPals, exploring topics like displacement, education, and tolerance.
Here are some of our favorite responses from Hugo, Ian, Emilio, and David that don’t just demonstrate THAT kids can think for themselves, but show HOW kids share their thinking and develop their own ideas.
Bella B. is a 5th grader from Frankfort, Kentucky. She loves the color purple, social studies, and Barkley, her English Bulldog that “has tons of wrinkles that make him so ugly he is cute.”
Bella is also an international PenPal and a local celebrity. After participating in the PenPal Schools Holidays & Festivals of the World project, she was inspired to invent her own holiday: Everybody Matters Day!
We are so lucky to get to work with and support incredible educators from around the world. This week, meet Liz Bailey, our Global Ambassador from New Zealand. She’s taught students in the USA and New Zealand, and expands PenPal Schools projects to connect them with other school-wide projects! Learn more about Liz and why she loves PenPal Schools.
We are too excited to sleep as we make final preparations for PenPal-A-Palooza: the biggest global exchange extravaganza of the year! PenPal-A-Palooza starts on January 29th and students from 31 countries have already enrolled!
This week, we celebrate Borislava I. from Bulgaria who recently participated in World Explorer, one of our most popular projects featured in PenPal-A-Palooza.
PenPal Schools Global Ambassadors improve our community by supporting educators around the world and sharing their global education practices. This week, meet Anna Dudich, our Global Ambassador from Ukraine, and learn how she collaborates with math and science teachers in her school to bring global project-based learning to her entire school community!