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Awareness Raising Action
 

One of the key things I think teaching and learning excels at is conveying a sense of action. Action is one of the main components in a PYP curriculum, yet often is something that is hard to assess, hard to pin down and yet something we as teachers REALLY want to happen! As part of our previous unit How the World Works, we became introduced to the impact energy transformation and consumption has on environment. My young learners immediately wanted to help to make a better world. We reflected on the previous action taken in the previous unit of inquiry concluding that fundraising, their preferable Action, is not the only way to help. We discussed and brainstormed lots of meaningful actions that might truly cause a difference and help save the environment. Thus, we ended up trading FUND raising for AWARENESS raising - with great success.
Planning for an action whose goal is to spread and raise the school community’s awareness was crucial. Students got freely grouped and decided independently to reuse old magazines and newspapers for the sake of creating awareness posters of how energy can be consumed WISELY. They were passionate, engaged, and challenged to make something that leads to an action they've already started on the personal level. Individually, they have ended up writing on reflection rays for parents, students, and teachers to:
- Respect the environment and everything around us.
- Record every time you use energy.
- Reverse our Planet as it was.
- Rethink how you consume energy.
- Reuse objects to reduce waste.
- Recycle everything you use.
- Remember that environment is important.
- Respect energy and environment as you respect others.
- React positively.
- Remind everyone to conserve energy.

By Rola Hallak - Grade 5 (C) Class Teacher

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