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Sun Valley Elementary Hosts Sun Valley Middle School So They Can Exhibit 21st Century Skills

Dr. Atkinson, Dr. Cooper, and SVMS Students

Recently, Diana Ollis and her 7th grade IMPACT (Instruction that Motivates and Promotes Achievement through Collaborative Teaching) science class took on a project that epitomizes 21st Century learning skills – collaboration, sharing, and global awareness.

Students worked in groups to create a presentation about the globalization project (The WATERPROJECT) the school had recently participated in. Each group was assigned a part of sequence of events: Explaining what the Water Challenge was, How the Water Challenge was launched, Results of the Water Challenge, Information about the Country and community SVMS was assigned to help (Burkina Faso), and the type of Project that was assigned (Well Rehab). The class utilized a Google document to create a collaborative presentation that all students could contribute to and interact with.

Then a group of ten students were selected to give the actual presentation. The students traveled to Sun Valley Elementary School in which they presented the presentation to 4th and 5th graders. They also gave Water Challenge bracelets to all the students that were present. During the visit to the elementary school student received an opportunity to meet with the NC State Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson and discuss the WaterProject with her. She even tweeted about it that afternoon!

The goal of the presentation was to share the impact on providing a fresh water source to a community in need. Students shared facts such as “4,000 babies die each year due to water related diseases”, “girls are not allowed to go to school due to the need to travel all day to get water for the family”, and “over one billion people in the world do not have access to a clean water source”. The WaterProject helped the students at Sun Valley Middle School became more aware of how privileged they are to live in a part of the world where fresh water is only steps away instead of miles away. They also became more aware of the need for educating communities on disease transmission and healthy practices.

It is undertakings such as these that will “help students master the multi-dimensional abilities required of them in the 21st century.” (Partnership for 21st Century Skills).

Written by: Diana Ollis and edited by Maureen Donohue
Posted: Dec 19, 2012 by Kevin Vickers

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