White Christmas Goes Global!
Once more, children have proven to me how motivated and willing to work they are when they’re involved in a meaningful project. Some days ago I was invited to Skype with Scott Akerson’s 7th Graders in St. Louis, USA. His students had many questions about Christmas in Southern America. I was asked some really great questions and they shared some wonderful stories. I found a comment one boy made particularly interesting. He thought Christmas in the summer and without snow was a bit odd. This comment was the perfect example of how wonderful connecting our classrooms with the world can be. We live in a global world, but every place has its uniqueness. Expanding our classroom walls can lead to meaningful learning opportunities and it can also help our students understand our 21st century world.
Connecting our classrooms through Skype can also help us build connections. I wrote about my Skyping adventure with my students and the amazing experience we shared with Joan Young’s class. Not only can these connections have great impact on our students, but also on us. I shared with Scott’s students how much I’ve always wanted to experience a “White Christmas”. I was really touched yesterday when I got the most beautiful Christmas gift. Turns out, after our call finished, Scott’s students started planning to give me the “White Christmas” I’ve always wished for. They have made this fantastic wallwisher for me. I can’t find the words to describe how thankful I am to them. What a touching gift!