Tuesday, April 8, 2014

How to Change the World= Living and Teaching in a Small Town

I LOVE using Kid President in the classroom! Kid President is adorable and very motivating! In this video, Kid President teaches How to Change the World! I love his message: "A title doesn't make you more important. The world is changed by you!"
       "The world is changed by ordinary people!"
It goes great with Scott Foresman/Reading Street Unit 5 Responsibility and the Question of the Week: How can we be responsible community members?
There are many ideas how to change the world. 
Carl just complains about it!
Reading Street Unit 5 Week 4
After reading Carl the Complainer, Team Newell learned that complaining is down right annoying. 
Carl and his friends made a plan to make the town council extend park hours. 
They wrote a petition, presented it to the town council, and the hours of the park changed!
Carl has one less thing to complain about, and Team Newell learned:
We used a variety of online resources to understand petitions & we wrote one of our own!

American Girl Petition


I am excited to share an awesome COMPLETELY HOME-GROWN learning experience! I am thankful for living and teaching in a small town! Kid President was right. Ordinary people do make change!
                    The story goes like this.....
Upper Sandusky, Ohio
The population was 6,596 at the 2010 census.

A Small Town Boy
Scott Washburn, Mayor

2nd graders life long lessons.
A spontaneous conversation between 2 small town USHS classmates turned into an amazing experience!

Carl the Complainer inspired us to write our own petition. Last year's students wrote a petition about getting lockers and the year before wrote a petition about needing more recess. 
This year's petition is QUITE UNIQUE:
The boy who politely passes every classroom treat because he ONLY likes Cheez-Its is Mayor Washburn's son! He never complains like Carl the Complainer. It's a silly petition, but it was a great way to get Mayor Washburn to visit our classroom to discuss ways to be a responsible community member. 
Mayor Washburn explained how to write petitions and when to write them. He discussed strategies about what to do when you don't always get what you want. He encouraged students to always do their best in school and to be nice to others. He invited us to the Upper Sandusky City Council Meeting on Monday night because he would be discussing our petition with the members. 
I loved watching my high school classmate interact with my students. I witnessed a great father and a true professional.

Cory Washburn addressed the Upper Sandusky City Council @ Monday night's meeting. Mayor Washburn read the petition and the City Council Members took action. 

Cory represented Team Newell @ City Council.... 
but we ALL did this together!

I love living and teaching in a small town!
 John Mellencamp 
Small Town 
Words Changed a Bit :)

Well I was born in a small town
And I live in a small town
Prob'ly die in a small town
Oh, those small - communities

All my friends are so small town
My parents live in a same small town
My job is so small town
Provides GREAT opportunity, hey!

Educated in a small town
Taught to fear Jesus in a small town
Used to daydream in that small town
Another born romantic that's me

But I've seen it all in a small town
Had myself a ball in a small town
Married small town and we live in this small town
Now my dogs are small town just like me

No I cannot forget where it is that I come from
I cannot forget the people who love me
Yeah, I can be myself here in this small town
And people let me be just what I want to be

Got nothing against a big town
Still hayseed enough to say
Look who's in the big town
But my bed is in a small town
Oh, that's good enough for me

Well I was born in a small town
And I can breathe in a small town
Gonna die in a small town
Ah, that's prob'ly where they'll bury me! 


  1. This was an awesome project Mindy! I'm sure your kids will remember this and realize that they can make a difference in the world with a little effort! Thank you for teaching them this important concept!

  2. Although I did not have the space to write about this project in the print edition of The DC-U on Tuesday, I just shared to our Facebook page. I hope it helps spread the word about this project. Very neat and it's obvious from the pictures that the students are getting excited about learning. :-) *Alissa P., DCU staff writer

  3. Thank you Alissa! It was a very rewarding experience for ALL!


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