I believe they can.
Still living on the energy from Dr. Tim Tyson's keynote at this year's Dublin Literacy Conference, and inspired my all my Dublin blogging friends, Franki Sibberson, Mary Lee Hahn, Katie DiCesare, Karen Terlecky,Cathy Mere, and Mandy Robek.....This is my very first early morning to blog and share the work my sixth grade students are doing this week.
First of all, I'm a education conference nerd, and if I didn't have to present, I would have been at every single session of Dr. Tyson's at this conference. Second of all, when I learn something I think can make a difference in the lives of my students, I tend to go after it. Third of all, because I'm fortunate to have an amazing school administration and team of colleagues, our sixth graders are going to have the opportunity of a lifetime this week---working with award winning producer, writer, and director, Joe Fab. He's the mastermind behind Paper Clips, an amazing documentary about how students responded to their learning about the Holocaust. Our sixth graders, inspired by the movies of Dr. Tyson's middle school students and led by Mr. Fab, will learn how to create their very own "provocumentaries" (That's the name coined by my brilliant colleague Keith Minisman, who also got Mr. Fab here for us--movies that will provoke an audience to think, act, and make change in their world)
Yep, it's standardized testing season, but I'm fortunate to work with people who believe it's not the " test score" but the real learning that matters more than any test out there.
And yes, I believe that this week and for the rest of their lives, our kids can make the world a better place.