Little Hands…Extended

Mrs. Caldwell and I have been very lucky to work with Microsoft Partners in Learning.  Currently, we are part of the Microsoft Expert Educator program as a result of our success at the 2012 Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum.  As a part of the program, we are working with our students to implement and share innovative learning activities.  Today’s post includes the exciting background to our latest activity, which we are titling Little Hands… Extended

One of my students brought me the letter below and acted as a passionate advocate for helping others.  She asked me if she could talk to her peers about her ideas and then worked with them to come up with a way to fundraise to help people in Africa.

Our class had talked about the idea of a garage sale earlier in the  year when we were thinking of ways to fundraise to adopt polar bears, so it seemed like a good time to put our idea into action for a good  cause!  We chose dates that coincide with our Celebration of Learning because families will already be visiting our school on those days.  We already new that we wanted to adopt another species from WWF, but since we had a new focus of helping people in Africa, we had to research organizations working in that area.  We shared our ideas with Mrs. Caldwell’s class via Skype and they were excited about our ideas too!

Next, we designed posters and chose locations to advertise our garage sale.  We shared our posters electronically and students also put them up in our community.  Currently, we are collecting items to sell and students and parents are signing up to run the garage sale.  It’s another exciting learning adventure for our classes!

About mrsobach

Educator in rural Manitoba, Canada. Working with students and fellow educators to improve teaching and learning!
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