This post was written by educator Jaclyn Foster. Last year, I started an after-school club to work on the National Geographic GeoChallenge and service-learning projects. It was all student-driven; we had a camera spot on Exploring By the Seat of Your Pants that talked about plastic pollution in the oceans and the impact it was having on marine life. This sparked an interest in my … Continue reading Illuminating Instruction: Combining Service-Learning and Storytelling into a National Geographic Elective
Cathie Pearson designed a project called H2O Heroes in which her students made art out of recycled plastic products to raise awareness for ocean pollution. After learning about how water quality varies around the world, her students decided to continue the lesson with a fundraiser for the Water Project. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Spreading Awareness for Water Issues through Art
Ellie Clin, this week’s Educator of the Week, led her students through an inquiry-based accessibility study that culminated in a service learning project. Her students went door-to-door selling low-cost ramps that make single-step storefronts wheelchair-accessible. Ellie is a first-grade teacher at the Grove Community School in Toronto. Learn more about Ellie by reading her blog or reaching out to her on twitter. You’ve said that you … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: First Graders Take On Community Accessibility
I have a challenge for all of you young people out there: I challenge you to take a good close look at your community and find some way to make an impact, either locally, globally, or both!
It could be as simple and local as planting a flower garden in old Mrs. Smith’s backyard or as large and global as organizing a bake sale at a local church to raise funds for the victims of the New Zealand earthquake. I guarantee whatever helpful idea you come up with will be much appreciated and it will give you that warm fuzzy feeling that comes from the completion of a good deed.