Last year, my 7th graders did the “Day in the life of a student” challenge and asked students around the world to join them by showcasing pictures of their typical school day. The conversation that it sparked as far as how similar our days could be or how very different they were was profound, while also leading to some great discussions at our school about the experience students have.
Today, I shared some of the images coming out of Detroit Public Schools and my students had a hard time understanding that this is the reality for students only 6 hours away from us. As we sit in our heated classrooms with nice carpet, books surrounding us, and a beautiful view of a prairie, the notion that other children even in our same state may have a different school experience is one that my students do not give much thought to.
So I propose a challenge to enlighten us all. On Monday, February 22nd take a picture, or a few, of your classroom (you don’t need to have students in the pictures), write your location and your age group and share it on Twitter using the hashtag #1S1W (it stands for 1school1world). That day or the next start a conversation with your students about the images you see shared. That’s it. Think of the images we can share to start a conversation with the very children we teach about the education that surround us here in the US and in the world.
A hashtag may not make a difference but it can start a conversation. So sign up to stay in the loop, or just join in on February 22nd as we hopefully start a global conversation about our school, our classrooms, and our future.