Amazing Class of the Week!
It was a great opportunity for our students to learn at a young age that they can make a difference in the world they live in.— Jill Wastle, teacher
School of the Week Teacher: Jill Wastle
Grade: Grade 2
School: Fallingbrook Public School
School Board: Durham District School Board
1. How did you hear about the program?
My teacher partners (Amber Currie & Kathi Bracken) received an e-mail from our principal about 5 years ago, introducing Nobody and asking if we’d like to participate. After starting the Who Is Nobody program we’ve just kept it going, year after year.
2. Why did you decide to participate?
It was a great opportunity for our students to learn at a young age that they can make a difference in the world they live in. We also loved that the children could choose a project that was personally meaningful to them.
3. What is the biggest impact/change in your class ?
Every child who participates is so extremely proud to get up in front of their peers and present their Who Is Nobody experience. They are even more excited to take their message to the rest of the school, staff and administration at our end of the year celebration. Many of our students chose to continue their Nobody experiences long after their week with Nobody.
4. What is the biggest impact/change in one of your students and please share an example of one student’s project?
Each Who Is Nobody experience that kids have shared has been amazing and moving – from donating to our local Animal Shelter after a fire to working with Habitat for Humanity. The first presentation this year really brought home the importance of helping others. A student in my class is on home instruction due to medical reasons. When this student had his turn with Nobody, he sent in a video presentation for his classmates. He chose to donate to Sick Kids Hospital since he has been a patient there and this got more students interested in helping other young people. The whole class had a personal connection to this outreach initiative and it became obvious how each Nobody project inspires the next as students realize the impact they can make.
5. Which whole-class Who Is NOBODY? Project did your class do? i.e. Free The Children or another organization or cause & Why did your class chose it?
Our Who Is Nobody classes chose Unicef as we began the project in October in time for National Unicef Day. Each student was able to proudly say that they were a part of helping less fortunate children in another country go to school.
Who Is NOBODY? was also highlighted in Education Journal 'Professionally Speaking' Magazine, that goes to every educator in Ontario! Click here to view and here to see the magazine edition!
To view the article in French, highlighting a class who participated in Qui est PERSONNE?, please click here.
Have you or your child participated in Who Is NOBODY? What project did he or she do? Please leave a sentence in the comment section below or upload a photo here to inspire others!
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