2016 has been an election year like no other. As election rhetoric intensifies and anticipation builds, how can we engage students thoughtfully? One way is by teaching students issues at the center of the election in an unbiased manner. Another is to put student voice at the center of instruction. PenPal Schools’ Decision 2016 course does both by connecting students from across the country to share perspectives on these important national issues!
Over the past two years we’ve seen some truly awesome PenPal exchanges!
This year, the PenPal Schools team wants to show our respect and admiration for the young scholars who demonstrate the values of a great PenPal! These exceptional PenPals serve as an example for the classmates but also for our community of PenPals from around the world!
We are all connected by our environment. We depend on natural resources for the food we eat, the clothes we wear and the energy we use. The great diversity and possibility of Earth is truly awe-inspiring! Ideally every student would have the opportunity to experience the similarities and differences of our planet’s ecosystems first hand: to visit the Great Barrier Reef or hike alongside rhino’s in their South African habitat, for example. This may not be possible for every student, but thanks to technology, students and their peers around the world students can now learn together about Earth and our shared challenge of protecting it.
PenPal Schools connects over 100,000 students in 170 countries to learn together.