Last night at home, I prepared an awesome lesson. I was very excited about it. When I got to school, the software didn’t work as I planned. Entire lesson was ruined. But that’s cool, because the more I thought, the more the closed door opened another.
We’re participating the the Memory Walk on 9/26, and lots of kids are interested, but many teachers (myself included) fear that they didn’t quite know what they were supposed to do. Or what Alzheimer’s (not OLDtimers) is. Today’s failed lesson allowed me to do another. It’s both a lesson in civics, in our nation’s principles, and our 6 pillars of character; motivating our students to do good for others.
We began class with a newspaper article about children raising $50,000 for a cause. Middle school kids. $50 grand. That’s powerful stuff. We discussed our reactions, and discussed what kids can do to for others. Kids have great powers of persuasion (with iPods, cell phones, clothes and such as evidence!)
We then watched a video about Alzheimer’s (below). We outlined 5 clear facts that we can use in our “persuasions” to possible donors. Tons are in this video.
Next we discussed who we can raise the money from, and methods to get donations (below). These ideas are also on the “Memory Walk 2009” portion of the page.
And finally, we watched another video about a 13 year old girl with a mother suffering with Alzheimer’s. It’s perhaps the most emotionally compelling as aspect of the lesson, and students were moved by it. Just a great video.
It’s a pretty simple lesson – here is an example of your potential. Here is a cause. Go make a difference. It’s what responsible citizens need to do for one another. Empowering students to be organized, have faith in themselves, and become passionate about a cause is a lesson no textbook can do. Hopefully this is the beginning of a year (and lifetime) full of doing good for others.