Our Lunch Buddies
“Lunch Buddies” is a City Year initiative designed to provide students with small-group behavior coaching and leadership building. I have six lunch buddies, each of whom I have developed particularly strong relationships with as a result of our weekly lunches. I’ve heard their stories about their family dogs and “crazy” siblings. I know what type of Dorito is their favorite (Sweet Chili won by a landslide, might I add), and which Monster High character they best relate to. I get a chance to see my students outside of the classroom and build relationships that have made them stronger students in the classroom.
Book Review: My Name is Mina
Friday Five: Activities for July 4
The Art of Nation-Building
Beginning with a declaration of independence from a fictional empire, they formed their own countries. Our students worked hard making maps, flags and constitutions for their fledging civilizations. In doing so, they took the first steps of forming an identity for these sovereign states and learned about government structures. They built national ideals in the laws they established: Troy* and “X-Canadia” outlawed fighting in its constitution. Michelle* and “South Gravity Falls” made it a national right for all citizens to live in a large house. As this unfolded and I witnessed fifth-graders spontaneously arguing over on whether representative democracy, absolutism, or constitutional monarchy was the best form of government, I knew that learning was happening.