Friday, February 4, 2011

Cameroon Connection Grows

As you may have read in an earlier post, our 6th grade has been working with a school in Cameroon to track elephants in that country in order to come up with some solutions to their plight. See Curriculum Corner: 6th Grade and Elephants. (Editor's Update: our 6th grade teachers have been in communication with a playwright from Cameroon who has written about elephant poaching and are exploring ways to use the school's collection of djembe drums to film one scene from his play.) As a result of this collaboration, we found another opportunity to consult with the school in Cameroon.
This year in the 7th and 8th grades, we have a dedicated time each week to service learning, outdoor education, and leadership. In the 7th grade we used this time in the beginning of the year to prepare for our MDG experience (7th graders research and then take on roles of citizens in Third World countries by actually spending two days in the woods building communities). Now, our 7th grade is transitioning to a partnership with the same in school in Cameroon to discover the differences of water consumption between Greensboro, Cameroon, and our third partner school in Salem, Massachusetts. Linda Allen has sent home tally sheets with her math classes, which will be brought back and calculated and Karen Niegelsky has set up a blog at so students from all three school can compare their information and learn how water consumption can shine a light on just how different our lives can be.

As we move further into the 21st Century and realize the type of skills our students are going to need in order to meet that world head on, it will be projects and partnerships like these with the students in Cameroon that foster the type of leaders we seek to develop at Canterbury School.

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