Christmas is a time of excitement for so many children around the world. This joy is infectious and needs to be shared. I do not believe that a textbook does an adequate job encompassing this. Give your students an authentic opportunity to learn what the holiday season is like for other kids around the globe.
Here is why I created the #christmaswhereweare project two years ago. WOW what a difference it has made. My students, and students around the world, have connected with Brazil, Argentina, China, Australia, Finland, Ethiopia, South Africa, Ghana, Netherlands, Sweden, USA and more. Classrooms are learning all about traditions, similarities and differences, of the holiday season by connecting with kids just like them. The engagement and authentic learning can not be matched.
This project is starting up again for its third year. The guidelines are simple. If the time zones match-up then organize a videoconference. Add as many classes to your chat as possible. If times zones don’t match-up then create a video or play, expressing your cultures and traditions. (Examples are up on the Twitter hashtag) Lastly, if those modes don’t work simply blog about it or open up a Twitter chat. Really the only rule is you post it on Twitter hashtag #christmaswhereweare so the world can learn from and with you. Please play on the Christmaswhereweare.weebly.com website to see previous projects.
So please join this project and enrich the experience for your kiddos. They will thank you for it!
If you wish to participate in this project add yourself here to connect with other teachers.
If you require any additional information please contact me on Twitter @rondorland