Moving Students from Empathy to Engagement
What happens in our Community Connections and Learning Camps when we lead our students from empathy to engagement?
When students are truly engaged, they exceed expectations and participate in authentic life learning.
For your professional development this month, consider watching Linda Sue Parks, author of "A Long Walk to Water" give an excellent 10 min TED talk on how books provide practice at responding to the unfairness in life, and how empathy for a book's characters can lead to engagement in ways that have significant impact in the real world.
Here's what happened at Vernon CC when the students moved from empathy to engagement:
After reading "A Long Walk to Water" and hearing about the lack of clean water in South Sudan, the Grade 5/6 class wanted to do something. They organized pizza, lemonade and bake sales...
... a "Walk for Water" with all of the grades participating...
... and an ambitious bottle drive. Engage middle school students and teens and watch out world!
Look at those proud faces! How good it feels to work together to make this world a better place.
This is the same engagement that Steve Bastian is giving his 3D printing learning camp as they design a project to improve someone else's life. The more authentic we can make our courses and student projects, the more engaged our students and families will become in our Community Connections.
Let's see what creative projects we might be able to inspire our teachers and communities to participate in this upcoming school year!