This week we celebrate a classroom in Sweden that recently participated in Facts, Opinions, and Fake News. Students in Lotta Kilic’s classes, 9a and 9b, learned about how to evaluate sources and how “fake news” impacts communities around the world.
Check out some of their responses below and read more about what the students in Ms. Kilic’s classes had to say about their experience learning with PenPals. Facts, Opinions, and Fake News starts again Monday, October 2. Sign up today!
If we were middle school students today we'd want to have Ashley Selck as our humanities teacher. Why? You don't have to chat with Selck for long to learn how passionate she is about her students and her profession. Also, when we asked her for a photo of herself she sent this awesome one!
Selck teaches cutting-edge humanities courses at Monte Vista Christian School in Watsonville, California. She holds her students to a high standard (especially when it comes to writing). She inspires them with interesting topics (like "entrepreneurship and the Gilded Age"). Selck also offers her students opportunities to reflect on what they've learned. For example, her students keep a classroom blog and Twitter account. Recently students published their letters to social enterprises and notes from their lessons.
We chatted with Selck, one of our Global Ambassadors, about becoming a teacher and measuring "success." Here's our conversation:
Read this letter from Sungu Samnyirwa, head of Mfangano Girls Empowerment Academy in Kenya, demonstrates the impact PenPals can have on young women.
Check out this awesome testimonial we received from a Alisa Bhakta, a PenPal in California, about her experience writing to peers in Ghana.
Today we’re launching a new blog series inspired by our Dell Big Small World Contest! In this series, called “Changemakers,” we’ll explore the amazing work happening to make quality education more accessible in communities around the world. It’s a big passion of ours and one shared by the many people and organizations we get to work with every day. Let’s learn together, pen pals!
PenPal exchanges offer students unparalleled opportunities to learn about world cultures. Sometimes this even means dispelling myths or eliminating misunderstandings! Check out this example of how an eighth grade social studies class at the American School in Guadalajara taught students at Terrill Middle School in New Jersey about Mexican culture via their PenPal exchange.
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