Part 3: Community Impact
Whether the community we belong to is physical or digital, we have a duty to make a contribution to the group. As educators, we have a responsibility not only to model community contribution, but to inspire our students to contribute to the community based on their strengths and passions.
We must be able to trust the members of our community. Being a trustworthy member of a community means that you treat members fairly and with respect. Whether you agree or disagree with the members of your community, it is important to respect individual opinions and points of view. A good member of a global community will work to develop not only an understanding of cultural differences, but an appreciation for those differences.
When it comes to participating, you share your voice, you share your passion, you share your truth. Students who actively and positively participate in a community have ownership and pride in that community, and those are our successful future leaders.
- Contributing to the community
- Voice/Participation (Voting)
In the News:
Internet tips aid police
8-yr-old raises money for lunch accounts
Hope for Gammy
Does money play too big of a role in politics?
Random Acts of Kindness
Using the age-appropriate RAK Lesson Plan, complete (individual, small group, or class RAKs) and write about it online! Tweet it, blog it, Facebook it, G+ it - whatever you are comfortable with. Help your students understand the value of kindness, influencing others, and celebrating the GOOD in the world!
Share the You Matter Manifesto from Angela Maiers with your students. Angela writes about the 12 Most Important Ways To Let People Know They Matter. In this challenge you will ask your students to do one of these things for someone else and write about how it made them and the other person feel! How else can we make a difference and promote the #YouMatter message?
Talk to your students about how to put an end to bullying. Edutopia shares 5 Ways to Stop Bullying and Move into Action. Try these lesson plans from the Not In Our Town movement.