In this series of videos, I engage teachers in a lively discussion and brainstorming session about ways that students can meaningfully participate in their communities.
“Inviting my students to participate in humanitarian projects engages them and helps them create their own meaning in ways that empower and extend their learning.”
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In these videos, students present their humanitarian proposals to the class for the first time. I, along with fellow students, query them on some of the details and logistics of their proposals.
Archive of Session One of our Workshop
Thanks for taking part in a great first Session!
So that you can review our Workshop at any time, we’ve posted this archive of Session One. Please feel free to review it as you consider how you can engage your students in self-directed humanitarian projects.
When you’re ready, please check out the archive of Session 2, and the driving questions that help frame that session.
These questions will help to refine your understanding of they types of humanitarian projects that can make a real difference for your students; share and test your ideas for how you can adapt this the projects for your own classroom; and get ready to support other teachers as they personalize this practice to serve their students.
Get ready for Session Two of our Workshop
In this archive of our second Workshop session, you have the chance to share and refine your own take on the professional practice introduced in Session One.
You have the chance to ask questions that can refine your understanding and impact your practice; to share and test your ideas for how you can adapt this teaching practice for your own classroom; and to support other teachers participating in the workshop as they personalize this practice to serve their own students.
To make the most of our second Workshop session, please take time in advance to think about your responses to these driving questions:
- How–in your own words–would you describe the teaching practice presented in Session One? How would you describe the impact that a self-directed humanitarian project might have for your students?
- What about the teaching practice presented in the first Workshop session seemed most useful to you? What single component or idea seems like it would most strongly resonate with your students?
- How do you think your students would respond if this practice was presented to them exactly as described in Session One? Which elements do you think you’d need to change to better serve your students? Which would you be sure to present without modifying?
- What elements would you add? Do you have resources, materials, or lesson plans you already use that you could adapt or incorporate to better personalize this practice?
- What help or support would you need to present this practice in your own classroom?
- What changes, if any, would you need to make to your school schedule or to your classroom environment for this practice to succeed for your students?