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!
Each week we’ll choose PenPals that demonstrates the qualities of an excellent PenPal! We’ll then reach out to these student's teachers with a certificate recognizing the awesome work these scholars have put into the PenPal program. If we receive permission from our PenPals of the Week and their teachers, we’ll profile our PenPals of the Week on the PenPal Schools blog and share their work in our Twitter and Facebook communities.
So what does it take to be a great PenPal?!
Great First Impression
PenPals make a great first impression by putting thought into their student profile! We know that students love meeting PenPals who have either an avatar of fun profile picture. In completing a student profile, PenPals have the chance to identify a few of their interests. Once matched, these interests help students learn about their PenPals and break the ice.
Our standout PenPals demonstrate a commitment to academics. These students take time reading their weekly articles and answering discussion questions. They demonstrate their academic excellence by referring to the text and responding to their PenPal’s thoughts and questions. And of course, a role model PenPal is a stickler for grammar and spelling :)
A Model Digital Citizen
Our outstanding PenPals show the qualities of a model digital citizen. These students use appropriate and respectful language. They use technology for the purpose it was intended. A PenPal demonstrating digital citizenship skills may even take learning to other educational websites to continue their learning!
We’re looking for PenPals who excel at collaboration. These PenPals not only answer their weekly questions but they comment on their PenPal’s responses, provide feedback, and are always patient and helpful when answering questions. A PenPal who demonstrates collaboration skills also shows empathy and sensitivity when working with people who share different beliefs or opinions.
So do your students have what it takes to be recognized as our PenPal of the week? We can’t wait to find out!!
Have questions or other ideas about what makes an awesome PenPal? Want to nominate your students to be our PenPals of the Week? Let us know by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org!