Part of being a part of a “global teaching community” should be getting our students involved in the collaboration. From now on, each month Global Teacher Connect will host a collaborative project, hosted by one of our authors, which will allow you to get your class collaborating with other classes around the world.
I am Heidi Raki of Raki’s Rad Resources, and I am proud to be hosting the first collaborative project. My project is focused on Earth Day and plastic bags. Living in Casablanca, Morocco, plastic bags (called “micas” here) are everywhere! When you go to the store you get them for everything and they end up all over the place, in the street, on the beach, in the water – it’s just kind of atrocious to look at. So, for Earth Day, I am going to talk to my students about choosing not to use plastic bags. Then, we’re going to take home and hopefully sign a “Bag Free Pledge” to go bag free until the end of April. Each day (starting on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 and ending on Monday, April 30, 2012) I will ask my students to tell me one time that they, or someone in their family chose not to take the plastic bag. I will record their anecdotes and post them back here. If you would like to participate in this collaborative project you can also post your students anecdotes here.
To participate in the Getting Rid of Plastic Bags Global Collaborative Project, follow these steps:
1.) Add an initial comment to this post telling us where you are located, what grade level you teach, and how many students will be participating. (Also open to homeschooling parents – you’ll just list one or two students, instead of 20!)
2.) Grab a Bag Free Pledge Form to use with your class – it has been translated in French and Spanish and is available via Google Docs. Talk to your students about how plastic bags are bad for the environment (here are a two sites you can use: How a 10 Year Old in India Got Rid of Bags, Video on Using Green Bags from Australia).
3.) Check back at least once with anecdotes from your students between April 17, 2012 and April 30, 2012. You are welcome to share anecdotes as often as you would like, but please share at least once. (Please share using first names only, if you are not comfortable using first names, give each student a number and use their number to share – ie. Student 1 said “xxxx”.)
4.) Read the anecdotes from other schools with your students so that they can be aware that we are all working together to rid the world of plastic bags.