We were fortunate to be paired with a great class of extremely polite students from California for our first experience. My favorite part was the exchange of a couple of casual questions after our locations were revealed – things like what they do for fun and what their schools are like. I highly recommend the experience to other teachers!
Another new thing for this week was the beginning of a series of community guests. A local business owner was kind enough to come into our school and share his expertise about furniture upholstery with small groups of Grade 5 students. This is a career option that might not be visible to students unless they know someone with that particular skill, but they each had 10 – 15 minutes to examine photos and fabrics and tools of a practicing professional, and to ask questions. It would be fantastic to see some students investigate further by trying their own projects in creative exploration time, or through a conversation piece at Exhibition later this year.
It’s exciting to see the walls of our school opening farther and farther to invite different kinds of voices and perspectives. We’re always looking for more ideas about community collaboration, so please post your favorite suggestions!