Safely talking to strangers

Article by Leah Sharp

This year, I have been reaching out beyond my classroom and even beyond my school in order to provide the children with experiences to enhance their learning.

Teaming up with Eat Happy Project and Digital explorers we went on virtual field trips to farms and far-flung lands, respectively. The children were engaged with the professionals who spoke enthusiastically about their work; they were able to ask questions and received answers that I could only dream of providing. Seeing the farmers and biologists in their locations via the Google hangouts and Skype added that extra dimension of excitement and fascination!

Upon discovering that our classes were studying the same topic of rivers, I joined forces with a secondary school teacher to give our children a real purpose for their learning. His Year 10 class used revision resources that my Y6 class created and, in return, they presented a case study for us to use. Through the power of Twitter, we shared work, videos and photos to show their work being used.

All of these external links have enthused the children and motivated them to produce fantastic work. My advice? Have a look at what’s out there and speak to (appropriate) strangers!

This ‘In Brief’ Article originally appeared in the July 2015 edition of UKEdMagazine.

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