It’s very clear being here that the direct person-to-person connection is most powerful.
Student to Student: Today, I shared your responses with the students in the video from a few days ago. They loved seeing your responses and even seeing themselves on the blog. They watched an Innovation Academy 6th grader, Nate, who shared a video response with me and their smiles were huge. One thing I’ve learned about the culture here is that people don’t smile unless they mean it. Americans are taught to smile all the time — at storekeepers, at friends, or even at people we pass on the street. Ukrainians aren’t like that. They only smile when they are really happy. And you should have seen their faces when they saw that the American students are responding to them. They are so excited to talk to real students in other countries.
Teacher to Teacher: In the afternoon, Carol and I presented to a group of English teachers in the region. We spoke about project-based learning and technology use in the classroom. It was clear that the teachers are dedicated and excited to try new methods.
Afterwards, several teachers approached us and asked to continue being in touch through email so that we can continue the relationship. If there are any teachers out there who want to do a collaborative project with a teacher in Ukraine, I’d be happy to help make introductions.
If you want to send a note to students here, it’s not too late. We are visiting the Classical Lyceum until Thursday. You can post in the comments here, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll also be visiting other schools this week, if all goes well — tomorrow we’re hoping to see an English school and a school for people with disabilities. Then, on Wednesday, 100 principals from the best schools of Ukraine are coming here. It’s an exciting time!