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Creative Minds in Action

 

Fifth graders are currently in the middle of the performance task process. How will they reveal an understanding that governing systems organize the life of citizens to attain social justice? That is the question. Students were given the task to create a governing system that best ensures the social justice in their school community. As citizens, they will go through a voting process to choose the class candidate or representative. In other words, the school community represents life and stands for the learning environment where we can prepare our learners for the future life to come.
 

Students were provoked into thinking about “What is the best governing system?” and were engaged to form corner groups by standing under the title which stands for the best governing system. To empower them as cooperative thinkers, students were asked to think, pair, and share their justification of the choice they have made. Personally, I was so proud of the learning which was visible in their thoughtful responses. Some students chose democracy as a governing system in the school community; others chose monarchies. On the other hand, as usual, there was space and freedom given to students to create and think about OTHER governing systems.

 

Amongst all the political challenges which we are suffering from nowadays, my students filled me with hope for a better future. At that moment, I was able to notice evidence of the mission statement. I was living it! Grace confidently said, “I believe that one day people will rule themselves by themselves.” She is definitely a future leader. Inspired by her thinking, many students started moving from one zone to another. How amazing the human mind is! It just needs to opportunity to be nurtured.
 

Grade 5 (C) Homeroom Teacher
Rola Hallak