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, we celebrate Fatmanur, a PenPal from Turkey who recently participated in the popular World Explorer project. Fatmanur was paired with PenPals from Taiwan, Turkey, and across the United States! During the World Explorer project, Fatmanur and her PenPals learned about life, food, history, art, and popular culture in communities around the world.
Fatmanur did an amazing job sharing unique perspectives about her community with her PenPals. During the daily life unit, Fatmanur told her PenPals about life in Mersin, Turkey. She explained, "The weather is hot. I like cold weather normally but I can like Mersin so its strange attraction. Actually every place in Turkey is special to me😆." She continued to describe local landmarks like the Kızkalesi Castle and national features like Ağrı Mountain (Mount Ararat), the tallest mountain in Turkey! Fatamur is proud of her community and her PenPals certainly benefited from learning about Turkey alongside Fatmanur.
When asked to tell us what she enjoyed most about her PenPal experience, Famanur told us, "My favorite part of this project is I've had an opportunity to introduce my country and learn the other countries' cultures, traditions, history and daily life. I also had a chance to improve my English. I met new students [from] around the world. I learned from the PenPal Schools educational videos and [I learned from] my PenPals' texts about their communities. I'm so glad I have the opportunity to make new friends around the world."
Thank you to Fatmanur for being an awesome PenPal!
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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