- The World’s Biggest School Assembly on the BBC: for one day, schools around the world have told us what matters to them
- We’ve heard from schools from all over the world including pupils in Burma, China, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Thailand, New Zealand, Ukraine, Indonesia, UK, and Spain.
- A range of issues and topics have been covered so far including the environment, the credit crunch, education, social media, whaling, drugs, poverty, and Nicki Minaj.
Barbara Biddy’s Grade 6 Suffern Middle School Students:
- want a voice
- want to be respected
- want to be heard in their community
- care for their family and friends
- want a safe environment for themselves and their loved ones
- are upset by bullying by both children and adults
- think education is important
- care about art and music
- need to express themselves and to be appreciated for who they are as individuals
Barbara Biddy’s grade 6 classes rehearsed for upcoming conferences with El Paso, Texas and Ireland.
The students refined questions and practiced speaking skills, which included enunciating words and projecting voices. They learned how to look into the camera when speaking and the importance of being attentive. They also brought up the word, ‘polite’ on their own, as an important ingredient in a successful videoconference. Very important: a minute or two to act silly for the camera; kids are always surprised and excited to see themselves on the big screen, so it’s fun to let them enjoy the moment before getting down to business!
We also divided up jobs which will be rotated in future conferences: cameras, microphone, note takers, welcome greetings and goodbyes.
Hand to Hand Connect is a project that encourages communication between young people around the world. We will be focusing on life in different cultures. We intend to explore how we can incorporate peaceful behaviors into schools and how to teach kids to become less afraid of the differences between them and to be more open minded. We would like to encourage young people to support and to take care of one another, utilizing understanding and the sharing of ideas.
For more information or to join our project, please go to:
Barbara Biddy, Humanities Teacher
Eleanor Schuster, Library Media Specialist