This week, meet Holly Pazos, one of our Global Ambassadors from Texas, USA! Holly teaches 6th grade World Cultures, and she and her students have a lot of fun participating in a variety of PenPal projects!
Students and teachers around the world are getting ready for a much-needed break! Let us help you start your holiday faster by enrolling in a global collaborative project starting in 2018. You can enroll your students this week and be ready to go when you come back to school in January!
This month, we’re celebrating FUTURA class from Virginia, USA! These PenPals participate in a lot of different projects thanks to their teacher, Beth Marks, who allows students to choose their own project. This means she manages multiple projects at once!
So far this semester, students in Beth’s FUTURA class have participated in Robotics, Fables, Folktales, and Mythology, Facts, Opinions, and Fake News, Weather & Meteorology, World Explorer, Walking to Freedom, Navigation & Cartography, Immigration in the 21st Century, The Power of Art, Race in America, The World Through My Eyes, Protecting the Planet, Joining Forces for the Environment, and Chinese Art & Literature.
Yes, one class participated in all of these projects this semester! How? By allowing students to choose and manage their own projects. Learn more about how Beth supports her students to take ownership of their learning, and check out some of her students’ responses below. Make sure to follow Beth on Twitter @BethFUTURA to continue to learn from her!
This week, meet one of our Global Ambassadors, Aprilanne Lynch from Illinois, USA! A lot of teachers know Aprilanne from her helpful blog post, Getting Started with PenPal Schools. Learn more about Aprilanne and why she loves PenPal Schools!
Racism can be a difficult topic to discuss. By providing historical context, engaging questions, and PenPals who share diverse perspectives, students are able to think critically about racial inequality and reflect on their own role in promoting tolerance. This month, we are excited to highlight PenPals of the Week who recently participated in Race in America, which starts again December 11.
First, meet Ibrahim from Turkey who worked with four PenPals from across the United States. Each week, Ibrahim wrote thoughtful responses to the discussion questions and used examples from his own experiences to enrich the conversation. His experiences of racial discrimination helped his PenPals gain further understanding of how racism affects people around the world.
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