We’ve been checking in with Educate Together schools to see how they’ve been supporting students through distance learning during the covid-19 restrictions. Here’s an update from the Senior Infant teacher Julie from Carrigaline ETNS:
My name is Julie Murray and I teach Senior Infants at Carrigaline Educate Together National School. In Ethical Education, we have recently completed a project on the Ocean online via Seesaw. The effort that the pupils and parents made is absolutely outstanding. It is amazing what can be achieved on an application such as Seesaw and it really shows the dedication and zest from families juggling so much at home.
These lessons were created for a National Geographic Educators Certification that I am currently completing online which complements the Learn Together programme wonderfully.
The aim of these lessons was to encourage curiosity, empowerment and responsibility. Throughout the project we learned about the five oceans of the world, why oceans are important, the benefits and dangers of plastic in the ocean and how we can reduce our plastic consumption and help the environment.
In order to demonstrate agency, the children were then asked to create a piece of art that demonstrates how plastic is hurting ocean animals. Many of the children chose recyclable materials to create their artwork. The children were then invited to share this artwork with a family member to tell them about what they have learned. Here is some of the wonderful work that they created:
Real stories from the Educate Together community
Educate Together’s schools mean so much to the lives of the children and young people who attend them, and to the communities that they are a part of. You can read, watch and listen to real stories from the students, staff and families involved in the Educate Together school movement on this page and at the links above. Do you have an experience from an Educate Together school which you would like to share? Share your story: firstname.lastname@example.org