The Single Voices, Global Choices project officially launched at the beginning of September and teachers around the globe have been working with their students exploring topics around one or more international event/events created by the United Nations and other organizations.
September saw the International Day of Charity, International Literacy Day, World Suicide Prevention Day, the International Day of Peace, and the European Day of Languages. Some of the amazing products resulting from focus on the various recognition days are projects like this from Dr. Michael Harvey’s students in Malaysia with their responses for the International Day of Peace.
Or this poster from Branka Ranisavljevic’s students in Karlovacka gimnazija, Serbia for the European Day of Languages.
The transition from September to October saw Banned Books Week and discussion from Tatiana Popa’s students in Moldova.
October is brimming with many more learning opportunities like National Poetry Day, Black History Month, Buy Nothing New Month as well as World Mental Health Day, World Food Day, and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
The best part of a collaborative project is the sharing, not just of the results of work various classes are doing, but sharing of resources. The project’s Microsoft Team is brimming with every kind of resource from lesson ideas and activities to tools and successful strategies. It is no wonder then that the project was voted into the top 100 for the Take Action Global T4 Solutions Challenge.
A shining example of the sharing and collaborative efforts is Barbara Zielonka’s lesson in honour of World Mental Health Day. Students are asked to focus on health and life skills and one of the tasks is “Letter to my older self“. Students are prompted to think of where they would like to be in the later years of their life posing questions to themselves like what kind of activities will be important to me? And how do I see myself spending my time once I retire? They are then to write a letter to their 65 year-old self that describes what they hope their life will be like.
Details that should be included in the letter:
- hopes about where you will live;
- the important people you hope are in your life who will contribute to your happiness;
- what you plan to do throughout your earlier life to make sure you can lead a healthy life at 65;
- the hobbies you hope to pursue; and
- the activities you will be involved in to maintain your health.
This lessons is only part of the gamut of resources that are shared with everyone in the project: a Kahoot on the eight dimensions of wellness wheel, a Flipgrid board, and other in-depth lessons are regularly shared for everyone to benefit and promote the supportive community involved in Single Voice, Global Choices.
To learn more about the Single Voices, Global Choices project visit our website at https://singlevoicesglobalchoices.wordpress.com/.