This year my co-worker and I decided on a BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal)...we were going to try to connect classes in our school with an author/expert/class/SOMETHING in each of the 50 states. This is a big goal, but even bigger considering we are rural, Title 1 elementary school in which 53% of our students do not speak English at home. Well through the “magic” of the internet and social media (shout-out for the year 2016!) we were able to meet some incredible people, “visit”, really cool places, and most importantly provide our students with some awesome learning experiences.
In one regard, we did not meet our goal..we did not connect with all 50 states. We were just a handful short. End of year activities can be time-consuming and a distraction from some of the learning “fun”. But in so many ways we succeeded, most importantly because we got our students WONDERING. They are wondering what life is like for students in other states. They are wondering about possible careers they have never considered. They are wondering what our amazing country has to offer. They are wondering how to extend their learning outside the classroom. They are wondering how to connect what they know to the big wide-open world. They are wondering.
If you would like to read about all of our adventures, please visit our project blog: http://ohtheplaceswewillknow.weebly.com/
Are you WONDERing what next year’s BHAG is? Stay tuned..it’s already in the works!