Friday, December 14, 2012

First Project is Underway!

With only six days left until winter break, we are excited to announce that we are going to do a week long "change drive."  Each student has taken part in creating signs to post around school explaining what their service topic is and why we are asking for spare change.  My morning class is looking forward to purchasing cancer awareness bracelets for us to wear and sell at school.  And the afternoon class is going to adopt an animal (a Tiger - which we voted on in class) with World Wildlife Fund.  Students have placed buckets around the school for students, parents and teachers to drop their money in to and they are also going to spread the word throughout their neighborhoods.  Our goal per class is $50 - wish us luck!

My prayers and thoughts go out to all the families in Newtown, CT during this time of sadness. 

Cancer PSA

There are no words to describe how much this video means to me.  With this being my first time teaching a service-learning class, I was blown away by the heart-felt responses the fourth graders gave.  I can tell that the students have already learned from this experience which shows me that it is going to be a fabulous year of service and learning!

My thoughts and prayers are with the community of Newtown, Connecticut in this time of sadness.  

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The learning has begun...

Words cannot describe how incredibly proud I am of my students. They have opened their minds to the idea that they are able to help regardless of how severe and serious the topic may be.

My morning class watched two inspiring videos provided by LiveStrong ( that discussed the importance of helping cancer patients as well as cancer survivors.  We discussed what cancer was and how people are effected by the disease. The class spoke about why they were helping and how they wanted to help in the area of cancer. 

My afternoon class had a little bit more opportunity to discuss and they were able to explore the Humane Society website ( where they learned about abusive animal situations, puppy mills and homeless pets. Each student reflected in their notebook on the four questions below:

1. What is your class project?
2. How are YOU going to help?
3. Why is service-learning important?
4. Why are you choosing to help?

As a class we compiled our ideas onto a chart and will use all these ideas to make an informational video about our service project.  Can't wait to share! 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Research Has Started

Students have been hard at work researching and gathering information about their service topics.  It has been some what of a struggle to find time in class, however the students are excited to get their projects started.  The amount of new knowledge they are gaining is incredible. We started a Service-Learning Spiral where they will keep track of their research, project ideas and other notes from class.  With just a couple of hours on the iPad looking at the websites, the students are talking to other students and teachers about their findings.  Hopefully we will be able to get something started before we head to holiday break!