New Learning Institute blogshttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog enField Museum Teens Share Their Mobile Museum with Other Teenshttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/field-museum-teens-share-their-mobile-museum-other-teens <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5327/8970558638_29dee58d64.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /> </p><p><em>The Youth Design Team took their pop-up museum to a local Chicago high school for the first time. Lyle, a member of the group, shares his experience:</em></p><p>On March 21, the Youth Design Team was delighted to display our pop-up exhibition at Benito Juarez High School. The number of participants that attended our first exhibition was remarkable and all of the visitors seemed to enjoy and appreciate the hard work that went into the five panels and accompanying inter-actives. </p><p>This also marked a time when we became less of a collection of independent duos and trios and more of a team, working together to achieve our goals. The day started when the nine YDT members met up with our two YDT instructors at The Field Museum. Each team member received a sheet listing the jobs that needed to be accomplished and the names of those assigned to each job. We then collected all the pop-up exhibition components, left the Museum, and made our way to a CTA bus stop. Over the span of the bus ride, each of the team members had a chance to look over the job assignment sheet. </p><p>Once we reached the Loomis St. stop, the team filed out and walked the rest of the way to Benito Juarez High School. We assembled our exhibition and excitedly awaited students to arrive and review it. When they did arrive, the teens and their teachers meandered around the exhibition, scanning the many meticulously scripted paragraphs comprised by our Content Specialists, and thoughtfully watched the three short films directed and produced by me, the team’s “video man”. The students observed the fine details of lively illustrations and serene watermark-like backgrounds added to the banners by the Graphic Design Team. Halfway through, several of us YDTers debated whether or not to perform Michael Jackson’s Thriller dance to attract attention to the interactive department’s “Zombie Apocalypse Survival” app. </p><p>At 4:00 we started to disassemble the elements that formulated the pop-up and made our way back to the Field, happy with the outcome of our first pop-up and even more elated at the prospect of popping-up the next week at the YOUmedia Center in the CPL’s Harold Washington Library.</p></div></div></div>Thu, 06 Jun 2013 16:11:42 +0000Nancy Chou189 at http://newlearninginstitute.orghttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/field-museum-teens-share-their-mobile-museum-other-teens#commentsTeens at Chicago's Field Museum Engage in Authentic Collaboration to Meet their Deadlinehttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/teens-chicagos-field-museum-engage-authentic-collaboration-meet-their-deadline <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8253/8676341660_7032aeeac6.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /> </p><p><em>We've been following the Youth Design Team as they plan, develop, and share their pop-up museum with the Chicago community. 16-year old Dana, a teen in the program, gives us an exciting birds eye view of their work process in the blog post below. </em></p><p>This week in YDT, we realized exactly how little time we have left until the opening of our exhibit – next week is our “dress rehearsal”, and the week after is our first pop-up! Everyone was working furiously to meet deadlines, and some even stayed after class to finish what they were working on.</p><p>The final full size paper drafts of the panels were delivered right before class, so the Production and Graphics teams took a short trip to meet the printer in the Shipping Dock in the basement of the Museum.  Content and Graphics worked on their final edits to the panels. The panel drafts were tested with the pop-up frame to make sure they were the right size, and the files were then fixed accordingly. Hopefully, they were sent out to the printer for the last time! (Fingers crossed!)</p><p>The Graphics team also designed and illustrated the “flipbook” interactives. These simple interactives will be panels attached to the frame that will provide the visitor with facts about coexistence when the panel is lifted. The “flip food” interactives give facts about genetically modified foods when flipped over. These have plastic food – a tomato and an ear of corn – affixed to the panel as the handle for lifting the panel!</p><p>Our video producer spent the class editing and putting finishing touches on the videos he made for the exhibit and played two of the three for the entire YDT team to get some last minute input.  The videos are very clever and thought-provoking and are really coming together well.</p><p>The Marketing &amp; Outreach team had a busy day, which included making a flyer for the exhibit, writing a pitch script to use when pitching the exhibit and asking permission to pop-up at places other than the Museum, writing future social media posts, and starting to contact potential pop-up locations.  They also “zombiefied” everyone in YDT, and posted the pictures on our Facebook page as marketing for the zombie adaptation game.</p><p>The Content team, now down to one member as the other person has relocated to Marketing &amp; Outreach, checked facts and wrote content for the flipbook and flip food interactives and the mobile app games.</p><p>Interactives worked on building the story and content of the zombie adaptation mobile app game.</p><p>Production worked with the Content and Graphics teams to design the flipbook and flipfood reveal interactives, finished work on the trivia mobile app game, and got some help from a member of the Museum’s production staff in creating a secure way to connect iPads to the pop-up frame in order to be able to play the videos at all pop-up locations.</p><p>I’m excited at seeing how well – and how quickly – everything is coming together!</p><p>Want to learn more? Check out the Take the Field <a href="https://www.facebook.com/TakeTheField" target="_blank">Facebook page</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/TakeTheField" target="_blank">Twitter site</a> here. </p><div> </div></div></div></div>Tue, 23 Apr 2013 19:35:23 +0000Nancy Chou188 at http://newlearninginstitute.orghttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/teens-chicagos-field-museum-engage-authentic-collaboration-meet-their-deadline#commentsTeens at the California Academy of Science Launch the "Problem with Plastics" Social Media Campaign http://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/teens-california-academy-science-launch-problem-plastics-social-media-campaign <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8519/8617174472_2fffc89158.jpg" alt="" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p><p>As we get into the final month of the Pearson Young Scientists "Problem with Plastics" program, our energetic teens are focusing on designing their social media campaign to impact the issue of plastics in the San Francisco Bay Area, and beyond.  </p><p>The ten youth have already created a number of great assets that they can use including:</p><ul><li>Several upcycled plastic and trash projects</li><li>Three instructional videos on upcycled plastic projects</li><li>An infographic on trash and recycling in San Francisco</li><li>Maps of their trash collection activities in San Francisco</li></ul><p>The youth have decided that the focus of their campaign will be on single-use plastic bottles.  Their draft mission statement is "Reduce the use of plastic bottles and other plastic waste by educating and involving the community through social media.”</p><p>The technologies and applications that the youth are most interested in creating are videos (to introduce their campaign), Facebook Pages (as the medium to host their campaign), and an image sharing competition (to get the public involved in their campaign on regular basis.)</p><p>They still have a lot to figure out, including what is the social media tool for the public to post and share photos, what hashtag to associate with their campaign, who will work on what aspects of their campaign, and how it will be administered and monitored once the program is finished on April 20.</p><p>Check out their <a href="https://www.facebook.com/reduceplasticuse?fref=ts" target="_blank">Facebook</a> page and <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/reduceplasticuse" target="_blank">YouTube channel </a>and see the students' work.</p><p> </p></div></div></div>Thu, 18 Apr 2013 23:49:57 +0000Nancy Chou187 at http://newlearninginstitute.orghttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/teens-california-academy-science-launch-problem-plastics-social-media-campaign#commentsGo Behind the Scenes as Teens Work on the Final Details of the HumaNature Pop-Up Exhibithttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/go-behind-scenes-teens-work-final-details-humanature-pop-exhibit <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8527/8632190678_4cb53856a4.jpg" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p><p><em>YDT'er Matthew takes us on a tour of the various work teams that are developing the HumaNature pop-up exhibit at the Field Museum. Check out how the teens are doing as they approach their final deadline. </em></p><p>It’s a Thursday afternoon at Chicago’s Field Museum. Nothing seems out of the ordinary to the average visitor as they meander through the upstairs halls – peeking at SUE the T-Rex’s skull, watching scientists at work in fossil prep labs, observing a diorama depicting the millions-of-years transformation of volcanic islands into atolls, watching videos of scientists at work surveying plants and animals in the Peruvian rainforest. But upon reaching the end of the Restoring Earth exhibit, a truly perplexing sight meets their eyes. Through a glass-paned door, they spy nine teenagers pouring over charts and drawings, typing feverishly at Macbooks, and fumbling with iPhones and film equipment. This is not just any afternoon at The Field Museum. The Youth Design Team is hard at work making the final preparations for the launch of their pop-up exhibit HumaNature, a treatise on the complex co-evolutionary relationships between humans and the various plant, animal, and bacteria species we coexist with.</p><p><strong>Content </strong></p><p><strong></strong>As a Content Specialist for HumaNature, I create text content for panels, social media, videos and other exhibit-associated materials. I came in this afternoon to find newly printed mini-panels, and I started working straightaway with the Graphics team and our Project Manager/Instructor Johanna to find any errors and to shorten/break up panel text. All the while keeping up a constant stream of Mott’s Fruit Snacks.</p><p><strong>Graphics</strong></p><p><strong></strong>The Graphics team’s final panel printing deadline is swiftly approaching. Sarah, Sophie, and Isabel are as busy as the bees on panel 9 pulling everything together. Sophie and Sarah are working on finalizing the logo, maintaining standardized font and text alignment throughout the exhibit, keeping header style and font size consistent, and seemingly a dozen other things. Isabel continues to wow us all with the illustrations she’s making for the exhibit.</p><p><strong>Video</strong></p><p>Video Specialist Lyle is in the process of filming and editing three films for the pop-up exhibit. This past Thursday, he worked closely with Field Museum Digital Learning Specialist Edge to shoot a soap opera-style allegorical representation of malaria’s relationship with humanity as a dysfunctional couple. I had the opportunity to act in the film, as “Hugh Mann”, the jilted lover whom “Mal Aria” has spurned in favor of a dog (an example of mammalian zooprophylaxis of malaria). As Hugh Mann, I ripped apart a paper heart in the middle of the Pacific Spirits exhibit, and forever lost my dignity belting out “I Will Survive” for the cameras. But, I got to wear a broadcast mic, which was pretty cool.</p><p><strong>Production and Interactives</strong></p><p>Dana’s in charge of making all the parts of the pop-up fit together. Literally, as production specialist, that’s her job. She makes sure measurements are right, that graphics are where they need to be relative to reveals – that sort of thing. She’s also developing an iPhone quiz app for the exhibit. I’ve helped her keep all the quiz info accurate, and I’ve also worked to provide Interactives Specialist Becca with facts for the pop-up reveals. Becca is putting the finishing touches on a Zombie Apocalypse game that pits human survival skills and adaptability against those of the zombie hordes.</p><p><strong>Outreach</strong></p><p>Quinn graciously moved from the Content Team to assist the Outreach team. She has been working hard to overcome the frustrations of working with the software program Pages and develop a flyer about the exhibit, which she will give to some of the schools and other locations we are considering as possible venues for the exhibition.</p><p>A tight schedule, uncooperative software, and the harsh reality of limited panel text are just some of the adversities the Youth Design Team faced this past week. But we overcame, pushing aside obstacles with the determination, veracity and brute strength of a 42-foot, 7-ton Cretaceous theropod! We will survive!</p><p> </p></div></div></div>Mon, 08 Apr 2013 16:37:50 +0000Nancy Chou186 at http://newlearninginstitute.orghttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/go-behind-scenes-teens-work-final-details-humanature-pop-exhibit#commentsTeens' HumaNature Pop-Up Exhibit in Chicago Nears Launchhttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/teens-humanature-pop-exhibit-chicago-nears-launch <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8103/8580027645_5626223227_o.jpg" alt="" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p><p style="text-align: center;"><em>The pop-up exhibit is very close to its public showcase. Sarah, a 12th grader from the Youth Design Team at the Field Museum, shares an update on what she and the rest of the teens are up to this week.</em></p><p>The Youth Design Team has been incredibly busy as we continue working on our HumaNature pop-up exhibit. Each member of the Youth Design Team has been hard at work, making every minute in class count. We have made a lot of progress over the last few weeks and are excited for the upcoming completion of our exhibit. </p><p>The Content Team continues to work hard, faced with the challenge of editing and refining all of the information for our exhibit panels. There are so many fascinating facts they would love to include, but sadly there is a limited amount of space available.  The Content Team has also been working closely with the Design Team so our exhibit will have the look and feel we all want. </p><p>I’m a member of the Design Team. We have made a lot of progress, trying to meet all the deadlines set for the exhibit. In the last few weeks we’ve finalized a logo, a color scheme, and a solid layout of the panels. I have to say that we’ve really enjoyed learning how to make the content and design come into one exhibit that seamlessly flows together. A really exciting design decision we made was to have one of the Design Team members sketch all of the graphic images for the panels, which adds the perfect touch. We are all very happy to work together and have learned to enhance each other’s skills. I have to admit, however, that working with Adobe Illustrator is no easy task for us and sure has been an interesting learning process!</p><p>The Social Outreach Team is also as busy! They have been working on their ad campaign, using websites such as Facebook and Twitter as their tools. We even got a shout out from SUE the T.rex on Twitter! How cool is it that an extinct dinosaur is excited about our pop-up exhibit? </p><p>The Video Production team has a lot of work ahead of them. There might be a sneak peek of the videos coming up, so stay tuned! </p><p>The Interactives and Production Teams have also been working hard together and making games that will test your brain, so be prepared!</p><p>Everyone is excited to see HumaNature come together and cannot wait to reveal it to the public on March 21st. It has been great to see everyone get along and enjoy being together while they work. Even in the middle of hectic deadlines we find time to help and support each other, which will definitely show in our exhibit. There is no time to rest though, as everyone is trying to meet their next deadline! </p></div></div></div>Fri, 22 Mar 2013 19:39:40 +0000Nancy Chou185 at http://newlearninginstitute.orghttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/teens-humanature-pop-exhibit-chicago-nears-launch#commentsGetting Real and Relevant at the Field Museumhttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/getting-real-and-relevant-field-museum <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p> </p><p>Ever wondered what happens when youth engage in real and relevant work? The Youth Design Team at the Field Museum in Chicago is a great example of this. Teens are deep in the production phase of their pop-up museum and are working as a mini-museum team to get all of the pieces of their exhibit ready for the museum review board. Becca, one of the YDT teens, has created a short video to share their work:</p><p> </p><p><iframe style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/61420563" frameborder="0" width="500" height="334"></iframe></p></div></div></div>Sat, 09 Mar 2013 20:39:58 +0000Nancy Chou184 at http://newlearninginstitute.orghttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/getting-real-and-relevant-field-museum#commentsUpdate from the Youth Design Team Program at The Field Museumhttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/update-youth-design-team-program-field-museum <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8090/8493439711_4333c2be9a_z.jpg" alt="" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p><p style="text-align: center;"><em>The Youth Design Team program at the Field Museum is in full swing. 11th grader Quinn offers a detailed update of where the teens are in the process of designing their pop-up museum:</em></p><p>As the deadline for finishing the pop-up exhibit approaches, the Youth Design Team has been furiously working. The pieces are starting to come together, and everyone is starting to get a clearer idea of how the pop-up will look and feel when it is finished.</p><p>I am part of the <em>Content</em> team, which has finished the rough drafts of the material that will be in the pop-up and is working on polishing and editing them.We are also helping the Video Production team with script concepts and content and the Social Media/Outreach team with posts to Facebook.</p><p>The <em>Social Media/Outreach</em> team, in addition to working on posts to Facebook, is working on designing a website for the pop-up. The website is going to feature extra content that won’t be in the pop-up: fun stuff like a game and possibly a video!</p><p>The <em>Design</em> team has solidified their ideas for color palette and logo and is working on panel layout. They will be working with the Content team on content length and how the wording will fit into the panel. We’ve noticed that people tend to be daunted by wordy panels, so we have to seriously decrease the amount of words that we’ve written for our panels.  This may prove to be one of the most difficult tasks that we’ve been dealt – I never realized how difficult it would be to say more in less!</p><p>The <em>Video Production</em> team has been working on scripts for three separate movies and will be shooting them sometime in the near future. These movies will be both at the pop-up and on the website that Social Outreach is working on.  One of the movies that we’re looking forward to seeing is one that compares the life of an urban raccoon to the life of a raccoon in the forest.  It sounds like it will be really great!</p><p>The <em>Interactives</em> team has been working on flipbooks that will be on the pop-up anda game based on post-apocalyptic survival. This game is designed to put players in a post-apocalyptic world overrun with zombies.  The game offers the player several choices to make in order to survive the apocalypse.  The right choices will mean survival, but make the wrong choice and you will end up as zombie chow!</p><p>The <em>Production</em> team has been working hard on making blueprints for the setup of the pop-up as well as how the pop-up will be laid out once it is set up. </p><p>As a member of the Youth Design Team, I think I speak for all of us when I say we are all so excited that everything is coming together so nicely. It’s really amazing to see because when we first started this project, it was hard to imagine the finished product, but as we work we really can tell that everything is just falling into place.</p></div></div></div>Thu, 21 Feb 2013 06:08:58 +0000Nancy Chou183 at http://newlearninginstitute.orghttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/update-youth-design-team-program-field-museum#commentsDigital Dispatch: The Youth Design Program at the Field Museumhttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/digital-dispatch-youth-design-program-field-museum <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8225/8436248958_b86cb33e7d_o.png" alt="" /></p><p><em>Teens in Chicago have been busy at work designing a pop-up museum that brings a youth-created exhibit to the community. They've picked their theme and are now working on designing the details of the experience.</em></p><p><strong>Sophie</strong>, an 11th grader from the Youth Design Team shares an update below:</p><p>Here at The Field Museum the Youth Design Team has been hard at work! After weeks of thorough deliberation, all ten of us high schoolers have come to agree on a topic which we will produce a pop-up exhibit on! The marriage of all of our ideas led to a decision to focus on the sometime harmonious, sometime contentious but often overlooked relationship between humans and the natural world. Titled HumaNature, our pop-up exhibition is about the ways in which Nature changes us…and we change nature. With vital deadlines approaching every week, we have little time to fool around! Among the ten of us, we equally distributed the dense impending workload by taking on a job. </p><p>The Content team has made an immense amount of progress. They’ve recently finished sifting through information and condensing facts into comprehensible text panels. They also helped to generate display ideas for graphics. Currently the Content team is helping out the Social Outreach team by generating facts to give the public a sneak peek of things to come. Like our Facebook page facebook.com/TakeTheField to get the insider scoop! And, stay tuned: the Social Outreach team is creating a website that will feature the videos and interactives that accompany HumaNature. </p><p>The Design team has chosen a color palette as well as developed a logo. They are currently learning how to use Adobe Illustrator to produce the exhibit panels and the logo. In the future they will be helping the Video Producer with the graphic look and feel for the films as well as produce posters with QR codes for Production. </p><p>The Interactives team is crafting early prototypes for games visitors to our pop-up exhibition can play. Among the early ideas: a flipbook and a game for an iPad…and something with zombies!</p><p>Video Production is working to produce films visitors can download at the exhibit or view on the website. They have three videos in production on various ways humans and the natural world are intricately involved.</p><p>Our Production team has generated blueprints for the exhibit as well as setup and shutdown plans. These are constantly evolving as more additions are made to the exhibit. The team is working closely with the Interactives team to plan the assembly of analog and digital experiences!</p><p>As deadlines draw near and the things get increasingly hectic, the Youth Design Team is efficiently progressing toward the completion of HumaNature. Stay tuned for weekly updates on what’s going on with us!</p><p> </p></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-blog-topics field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Topics:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog_topics/design_studio/index.html" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Design Studio</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/blog-topics/museums" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Museums</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog-topics/community" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Community</a></div></div></div>Fri, 01 Feb 2013 18:48:34 +0000Nancy Chou182 at http://newlearninginstitute.orghttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/digital-dispatch-youth-design-program-field-museum#commentsFeatured Model Classroom Project: Stewards of Wyoming Local History http://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/featured-model-classroom-project-stewards-wyoming-local-history <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><img src="http://www.modelclassroom.org/.a/6a016301644f96970d017c33feb7cd970b-800wi" alt="" /></p><p><span style="color: #888888; font-size: x-small;">The Mercantile in Sheridan County, Wyoming is one of many local sites Laurie Graves and Lamont Clabaugh's 3rd Grade students will explore through the "Then and Now of Sheridan County" project.</span></p><p>Sheridan County, Wyoming has a history rich in farming, coal mining, and railroads. These industries have brought waves of diverse immigrant groups to the area over the years. Third Grade teachers Laurie Graves and Lamont Clabaugh are challenging their students to investigate this history, their present-day community, and ultimately produce a public report predicting the county's future. Throughout this process students will conduct ethnographic research within the community and visit a variety of sites including dude ranches and local museums.  </p><p>Learn more about this project at the <a href="http://www.modelclassroom.org/blog/2012/11/laurie-graves-intro.html">Model Classroom website</a>. Then, stay tuned for updates as Laurie and Lamont's students dig into this exciting project!</p></div></div></div>Fri, 30 Nov 2012 21:36:56 +0000Tiffany McGettigan181 at http://newlearninginstitute.orghttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/featured-model-classroom-project-stewards-wyoming-local-history#commentsThe Model Classroom Empowers Kids to be the Voice of Change in their Communitieshttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/model-classroom-empowers-kids-be-voice-change-their-communities <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/pearsonnli/8162021074/" title="Students working in the garden by Model Classroom, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8061/8162021074_a7f1e430f4.jpg" alt="Students working in the garden" width="500" height="391" /></a></p><p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/pearsonnli/8162021074/" title="Students working in the garden by Model Classroom, on Flickr"></a><em>Teacher Lucy Popson's Third Grade "Caring Crew" revitalizes their school garden in Tucson, Arizona.</em></p><p class="p1">The NLI <a href="http://www.modelclassroom.org/">Model Classroom Program</a> is now in its third year, and teachers across the country are challenging their students to respond to real issues in their schools and communities. Following are two examples of how Model Classroom teachers are using the greater context of addressing real world problems to cultivate critical thinking habits, as well as reinforce reading, writing, math and other fundamental skills. </p><p class="p2">Lucy Popson in Tuscon, Arizona is challenging her third graders to identify a local need and work collaboratively to advocate for and take action on the issue. As students prepare for this challenge, they are active "Caring Crew" members, a team that is invested in the school through projects including teaching other students and revitalizing the school garden; and responsive to the community through fundraisers for the Humane Society and "Days of Caring" that meet locals needs, such as leaf raking for elderly citizens. Read more about Lucy's work on the Model Classroom blog, <a href="http://www.modelclassroom.org/blog/2012/11/lucy-popson-intro.html">here</a>.  </p><p class="p2">Across the country in Warren, Vermont, Katie Sullivan is asking her students a tough question: Should their town place a parcel of land forever into conservation, or open it up for development? 3rd and 4th Grade students at Warren Elementary will have to make a decision, then persuade their Town Council during a public meeting. Read more about Katie's work <a href="http://www.modelclassroom.org/blog/2012/11/katie-sullivan-intro.html">here</a>.</p><p class="p2">Stay tuned as more inspiring projects are introduced in the upcoming weeks and months.</p><p class="p2"> </p><p class="p2"> </p><p class="p2"> </p></div></div></div>Fri, 09 Nov 2012 18:11:19 +0000Tiffany McGettigan180 at http://newlearninginstitute.orghttp://newlearninginstitute.org/blog/model-classroom-empowers-kids-be-voice-change-their-communities#comments