We are #humboldtstrong #saskstrong

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Sometimes we learn empathy in the most heartbreaking ways. Tragedies of this magnitude truly affect us all. Room 6 is Humboldt Bronco strong.

We learned through Jersey Day and a school wide bake sale that we need to look out for each other.  Money is important to make sure everyone gets the support they need without ever having it be the issue that holds them back.  However, we learned how important emotional support is too.  We learned that showing people around us that we care and that we are thinking of them is invaluable.  We want to be the kindness that the world so desperately needs.

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Think Globally, Think Locally

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Here it is everyone…my final blog post of EC&I 832 and it’s the summary of my major project!  This project has helped my kiddos understand the importance of not just thinking about themselves.  They now understand the immeasurable need for support not only around the world, but in our own communities, in our classrooms.  Our “Think Globally, Think Locally” project has reminded me that there is hope for a bright tomorrow when we stick together.  Enjoy the video. ❤

 

Thank you SO much for taking the time to join us on this journey.  It means the world to me, but more importantly it means everything to my students.

Keep thinking globally and acting locally.

Dani

“Educating the mind without educating the heart,

is no education at all.”

-Aristotle

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Hello everyone!

We have been diligently working away at our Think Local/Think Global project (#lionkidshelpingkids) and things are going great!  We have been taking time in class to work through the Red Cross’ Beyond the Hurt Program – focusing most recently on the difference between rude behaviour and bullying, the types of bullying, communication skills and conflict resolution.  This program is designed for grades 5-12 so we have done some adapting so the my kiddos can get something from the program. 🙂  We were also thrilled that we inspired another class to participate in The Red Cross’ 150 Ways initiative!  They created posters and submitted them.  My class was really happy  to hear their hard work and how much they are trying to spread their message paying off.  One of things that I personally have been most excited to see is that kids are realizing that not all rude or mean behaviour is bullying and that it doesn’t mean that we don’t have to deal with it, but that we may deal with it differently than we would bullying.  I think this is particularly important because kids will have the knowledge to take home to their parents to help them understand the difference so we can curb the number of false bullying claims and focus on the real issues in our schools and communities.  I ABSOLUTELY don’t condone mean or rude behaviour but the way we deal with it and the education around is different.

I love this article – I think it does a wonderful job distinguishing between the three.

Is it Rude, Is it Mean, Is it Bullying? 

                

As a fundraising option within our school, we chose to support The Regina Red Cross because we are using the “Chair Affair Gala” to support Grandmother’s 4 Grandmother’s – only fair! 😉  My kiddos have been working SO hard to advertise, bake and announce each morning over the intercom information about not only our bake sale, but facts about the Red Cross they have researched.  They are very proud and very excited to see how much money they will raise!  Our bake sale is this Wednesday at Lakeview BUT if you would like to donate to our cause please send me an email to danielle.hackel@rbe.sk.ca – donations are GREATLY accepted. ❤

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To help prepare us for our “Chair Affair” contribution we welcomed Susan Holmes from the Grandmother’s 4 Grandmother’s Regina Chapter to our classroom!  She came and shared a beautiful slideshow showcasing photos of real people that the foundation has helped, stories of her own experiences in Africa as well as showed the kiddos photos and artwork from Africa to help inspire their chair and table design.  I think this presentation brought life and faces to our project which is the most meaningful part – the kids can see that their hard work is making real change happen all the way across the world!  We have to have our chair and table painted by May 1st so we have lots of work to do!  So far we’ve done design ideas on paper and then were going to pitch our ideas to the group in the week to follow.  This should showcase teamwork at its finest.

            

Overall I am so happy with how this project is shaping up and how engaged the kids are with the content!  It is AMAZING to see how empathetic they are and how much they truly care about one another.  I am excited to keep you all in the loop as everything comes together!  I am hoping that Scott McHenry, a former Saskatchewan Roughrider who now works with the Red Cross to accept our donation and talk to the kids!

Thanks for reading,

Dani ❤

“Educating the mind without educating the heart,

is no education at all.”

-Aristotle

Red Cross’ 150 Ways Project

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Hello everyone,

I am beyond excited to share my class’ first contribution to our learning project!  As part of the Red Cross’ 150 Ways Initiative, we created a little video to share some of the ways WE will stand up to bullying and mistreatment.  My kiddos were so excited to share their ideas and hopefully be part of a positive change in our school, community, city, country and the world. ❤

 

These kids give me hope for a bright, loving, accepting future.  We got this.

Thanks for checking it out,

Dani ❤

“Educating the mind without educating the heart,

is no education at all.”

-Aristotle

 

The Struggle is Real…but fun…but real.

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Hello #ECI832’ers and beyond,

Well..here it is, the official check in…yikes!  I think this week for whatever reason, I am feeling like my classmate Jessica appears to be feeling in her blog post this week.  I’m not overwhelmed, but I so desperately want to do this project justice and I need to think critically about how it is going to look, why I’m doing it, and how it will really benefit my students beyond the confines of this class.  My littles deserve the world, and everything I do in my classroom is centered around preparing them to be responsible, respectful, caring, empathetic citizens of not only our city, province, country but of the world both online and IRL.

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THE PROGRESS:

As I mentioned in my last update, I am working with 2 amazing organizations to put together a social action project for my grade 2 class to participate in.  Want to read all about it?  I got you covered, just click here.  If you remember and are up to speed, keep reading! 😉  So far, I have met with the main organizer of “The Chair Affair” and have received the adorable children’s chairs and table that we will be painting for the auction.  My kids are chopping at the bit to get started on the design and painting but I have to keep reminding them that we have lots of the “why” learning to do first!  I have also just finished leading a 2 day training session with the Red Cross on their Beyond the Hurt and Healthy Youth Relationship programs so it has refreshed my memory on all the hard work we need to put into this area in my classroom too!  We will again be using the hashtag #lionkidshelpingkids in our school and community initiatives.

THE CONNECTIONS:

One of the main areas that I saw my project connecting to the Mike Ribble’s Nine Elements was with feature number one, Digital Access.  My kiddos, because of the school, community and country we live in, sometimes have trouble understanding that not everyone has the same access and privilege to technology that we have.  They are very lucky to learn about digital citizenship and digital literacies at a young age so they need to use their privilege to help others.  Although our initiatives for this project will not necessarily help narrow the inequities of technology, I hope that my class will come away with the knowledge of them and then use their power as they grow to continue with the cause.  As Ribble suggests, the goal of any digital citizen should be to help expand and access technology – I think it it’s important to also note that this can be learned starting at any age where students and kids access technology. ❤

 

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The second connection I can make to Ribble’s 9 elements is, feature number 4, Digital Literacy.  Any project that I would have agreed to take on would somehow connect to this extremely important idea.  Ribble says, “Learners must be taught how to learn in a digital society.  In other words, learners must be taught to learn anything, anytime, anywhere”.  This piece is what struck me in particular as how we teach kids to learn now is so incredibly different than in the past – we need to teach them to find the information where ever they are, not just remember whatever we thought as the teacher was the most important.  With my project I am hoping to use digital technology in a way that is meaningful but also effective and worth while to the way my kids will learn and need to know in their futures.  My kiddos will be using technology and research skills online to help support their understanding of healthy relationships as well as the conditions and need for support in the developing world.

THE END

Overall, I feel like I have the skeleton of this learning project ready to get filled in and I’m so excited!  Learning about the world and being able to think globally are skills that I would LOVE to help my kids develop in their time with me.  Stay tuned…

This picture from Pixaby reminded me that it’s ok to slowly put the pieces together because if you’re prepared, the ACT piece can change the world.  One step at a time.

 

 

Thanks for reading.

Dani ❤

“Educating the mind without educating the heart,

is no education at all.”

-Aristotle

 

The verdict is in.

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Hello everyone,

I am over the moon to announce that I have finally made an official decision on my major project!  I have decided, after taking into account all of your feedback and doing a bit of personal soul searching, to take on the social action project with my grade 2 class! 🙂

Here’s the scoop…

The first part of plan is to work with the Grandmother’s 4 Grandmother’s organization in Regina to help support their “A Chair Affair” Fundraiser by having my class paint a children’s size set of chairs and a table to enter into the silent auction!  All money raised gets sent to reputable charities across the world to help support children and their caregivers who have been orphaned by AIDS and other diseases.  We will support this project by learning about the living conditions and needs of people who live in impoverished communities around the world.  I hope to document our process and progress online using the hashtag #lionkidshelpingkids once I receive the permission slips back from my families as this information will be on a public forum and not just on my classroom Facebook page as my other posts are.  🙂
  

This portion of the project will be combined with an anti-bullying and empathy piece using the Red Cross’ Beyond the Hurt and Healthy Youth Relationship programming.  I am a lead educator with Regina Public Schools in this area and feel passionately that in order to be able to think globally, we need to be able to understand the human condition.  Even at 7, it is integral that my kiddos understand that not everyone is as privileged as we are, both in Canada and in the developing world.  We will be documenting this progress as we move through the curriculum and use it to support our work.

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I’m feeling really excited to see both the process and what this final product will turn in to – I am going to try and hand over as much power to my class as I can because I am curious to see what my kids think and how they understand social activism – I will be there to guide, facilitate and ensure everyone is safe and cautious online.

Thanks for your help in making this decision,

Dani ❤

“Educating the mind without educating the heart,

is no education at all.”

-Aristotle

WELCOME TO THE SHOW!

Hello beautiful #ECI832 people,

For those of you joining me for another semester of fun with the amazing Alec Couros…welcome back to the organized chaos that is my blog! 🙂  For those of you just popping by for the first time, welcome to the show!  If you’re interested in getting to know more about me, please take a quick second to peek around my blog or at least check this out!  Still have questions?  Feel free to be in touch.

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For those who don’t know me, I am the worlds most indecisive person so as per usual the struggle was real with regards to what option I was going to pick for my major project.  If you scroll back in my blog you’ll see that I spent a good portion of the last term trying to decide between two final projects and more or less doing both for the duration.  Ugh.  With hopes of not having the same thing happen I am still considering two different ideas which I will narrow to one next week.  WHICH I WILL NARROW TO ONE NEXT WEEK…#itsonlineforaccountability.

 

     

 

Option #1…well technically option number #2.  As an educator I feel like there are so many amazing tools right at my finger tips but I never seem to have time to learn to use them properly!  I feel like I do an okay job integrating technology and digital literacy into my classroom but I know there is SO much more I could be doing if I knew how to use some of these technologies to their full capacity.  I would love the opportunity to explore apps that I could use in my classroom to enhance the curriculum and make it fresh, exciting and more accessible.  I would also love the chance to try out a couple apps that I could use in my personal life to help me get more organized and to widen my digital footprint and PLN in a positive way.  Maybe Kelsie could be my first snap chat friend? 😛

Option #2…otherwise known as number #3.  The other idea that I had was potentially exploring the idea of tackling an online activism project of some sort with my grade 2 class!  This seems like it may be biting off a HUGE chunk of something…but I think it would be so meaningful and engaging for my students.  I teach at a school where the majority of my students come from homes with loving families who engage in their lives and learning and I feel like it’s my duty to help them understand that not everyone has these privileges let alone the basic human rights we are so blessed to have here in Canada.  Last term I did a project that directly incorporated my class and I found it so rewarding to see my hard work at school paying off directly in my classroom.  I have two different thoughts rumbling around – first is working with the Stephen Lewis Foundation through Grandmother’s 4 Grandmother’s and raising money and awareness for children orphaned by AIDS and other diseases in Africa.  I think this would be a meaningful and eye opening experience for my class, plus they are helping kids directly which would be so cool!  My second thought is launching an anti-bullying campaign online that would be spear-headed by my class!  I am a fully trained, lead educator with Regina Public Schools in the Red Cross’ anti-bullying and healthy youth relationships programming and I would love to put that training to good use!  I was thinking of potentially looking at the importance of hashtags, what it means to raise awareness, how can we help, etc.  I would need to decide how we would quantify our findings, or come up with the final “goal” of this idea but I know my kids would have great ideas and it’s such a relevant and worthy cause.

So much to think about! 😉

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DECISIONS, DECISIONS, DECISIONS!  

 

Please feel free to pop a comment below and let me know what you think!

❤  Dani

“Educating the mind without educating the heart,

is no education at all.”

-Aristotle

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