Nothing but smiles for #thehappinessproject

#thehappinessproject. Wow! Talk about a rewarding experience. This term I knew that I wanted to do another project that would allow me to include my students and looking back I can say I am beyond proud of the hard work and dedication my students (and families) demonstrated this term. Below I will outline for you our entire journey of the happiness project from beginning to now because the end hasn’t happened yet!

1.An idea and a plot twist: Originally I had planned to focus on teaching about digital citizenship by incorporating social media into our everyday classroom. I had an idea to use a classroom Facebook page where my students could learn about appropriate online behavior as I modeled for them throughout this term. You can read about my original idea here in my blog post Let’s do this! After some careful consideration, I just wasn’t feeling this choice was the right one and I felt like I was being pulled in a different direction. Along came my plot twist, with this I decided that I was going to launch a student activism project within my classroom. I shared my original idea with my classroom and let me tell you they were beyond excited. You can read about the beginning brainstorming sessions with my students here: Plot Twist… Major Project 2.0.

2. Settling on a project: after much deliberation and brainstorming sessions, we decided that we were going to do some exploration around the topic of happiness in our classroom. In honor of International Day of Happiness, we launched a happiness project to explore inner happiness. We decided that over the next few months, we were going to participate in daily activities that encourage mindfulness, self-regulation, self-care, gratitude, with the end result of finding internal happiness. During this time we talked about ways that we could share our project with others and how we can reach out via social media to invite and encourage other classrooms to follow along and participate in our project. We decided on a classroom blog as a way to document our learning and a place for others to follow along, participate and collaborate. You can find our happiness blog here!  Our classroom blog is written by students who share their learning journey as well as updated with teaching resources by myself for these lessons so others can use them easily in their classrooms. You can read all about the fine details of our project at We present to you… The Happiness Project.

3.  Ribbles 9 Elements: We were encouraged to consider how our project meets Ribbles 9 Elements of Digital Citizenship. You can check out my project goals and how I planned to teach my students about Digital Communication, Digital Literacy and Digital Health and Wellness through the happiness project. You can read about these goals in my blog post #projectgoals. 

4.  The Launch: After the February break, we hit the ground running. We launched our happiness blog, used my social media including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to reach out to other educators to see who would like to be a part of our project. Students also drafted an email to send out to any teacher who had expressed interest from my social media accounts. This email outlined our project and how they can follow along on our blog! You can find our happiness blog here! This is where my students shared and documented their learning. My students also narrowed down and picked their organization of choice. The students decided on the Make a Wish Foundation Saskatchewan. They picked this foundation as they wanted to spread happiness to a kid who may need a little bit of extra happiness. They decided to raise money for their cause by selling rainbow loom bracelets for International Day of Happiness. You can read all about the launch of our happiness project here at The Launch! 

 5. Getting Started: You can read about week one of the happiness project below! This outlines our happiness journals, our first few lessons as well as breaking the news to our school about our project in a school assembly! In this post, you will also find links to the updates on our classroom happiness blog for the first week! You can read all about our first week in the blog post #thehappinessproject is underway! Here is the video that my students created to share our happiness project with our school community at our assembly!

6.Feelings Week: Mid-March we focused on feelings for a week. We did several lessons around feelings. We also had Trina Markusson the Mindfulness guru come in to speak with our class about tips and tricks for mindfulness. You can read my blog post Feelings Week to see what lessons we did around feelings! This will also share the links to our happiness blog where you can read the updates from my students.

7. Charity: Students picked the charity Make a Wish Foundation Saskatchewan to raise awareness and money for. Over the course of a few weeks, students shared our project with all of the classrooms in our school and shared how students can get involved by purchasing a happiness bracelet for International Day of Happiness to support our cause. The school community was so excited about this fundraiser. Our students worked so hard to make and fill all of the orders for our school. We even had orders from other classrooms around the province that were following along with our project! That was very exciting for our students to have other schools also purchase for our cause! One of the students in my classroom also went above and beyond doing her own personal fundraiser for our cause. You can read the blog post Giving to Charity Makes us Happy to see how we prepared and fulfilled our fundraiser!

8. Mindfulness: Building on Trina Markussons presentation we spent a few lessons looking at working on ourselves. You can read the update about these lessons as well as find the links to my student’s reflections on their happiness blog about these lessons. You can read about this at Working on Ourselves.

9. #thehappinessprojectyqr: Using social media I was able to reach out to someone within our community that has branded #thehappinessprojectYQR. I reached out to Makayla to see if she would come and speak with our classroom about how she uses social media in a positive way to spread awareness about happiness. You can read about how we reached out to Makayla and our afternoon spent with her at #thehappinessprojectyqr.

Over the past few months, we have accomplished so much with this project and I am so proud of the direction that it took. My class was able to spread awareness about self-care, self-regulation, mindfulness, and gratitude. They were able to use the classroom blog as a platform to share with others from outside our school community. They were so excited when others would comment on our blog and let us know that they are following along with our journey. I feel that this update is just a snippet of what we actually accomplished over the last few months!

Students worked so hard to make all of the bracelets that we sold to our followers. These bracelets were sold to raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation Saskatchewan. It was such a great way to raise awareness for both our foundation as well as International Day of Happiness. The school was excited and it was so amazing to see all of our students united in wearing their bracelets on March 20th to show their support for our cause! Our fundraiser was beyond successful. Although this total is still a top secret from our school until our April Assembly check out the photo below to see how successful our classroom was in our fundraiser! Shhh… don’t spill the beans!

We gratefully raised $1500 for the Make a Wish Foundation Saskatchewan. We are blown away by the support our classroom received from our school community as well as our followers for this project. We are extremely excited to share this with our school at our April assembly and then proceed to make our donation to the Make a Wish Foundation.

Throughout this project, the most rewarding experience for myself has been to watch my students blog about their learning and the fundraiser. Allowing my students to reflect on their learning on a public forum has empowered them to dig deeper into their learning and share their work to inspire others. We had a class discussion about the benefits of using social media to share our work and they felt very proud that they could use the blog to share happiness with others. They shared how if we didn’t have our blog our learning and ideas would have just stayed in our classroom but because they put their work on the blog they were able to share happiness with others. This was extremely powerful.

All in all this project was extremely rewarding and I am excited to share that we are not finished yet! We have moved on to celebrate Grateful in April which is a great way to wrap up our project. We are extremely grateful to everyone who followed along and supported us along the way. Thank you to all who took the time to read our blog and comment for my students to see that their work has gone public! This was by far their favorite part. Also, thank you to any teachers who tried some of our activities in their classrooms as well as supported our fundraiser. We are beyond grateful.

I feel like this project is hard to wrap up and summarize in one blog post. Please head over to our Happiness Blog which can be found here! This is where the true happiness lies and you can see the full scope of how much work my classroom did over the last few months. Make sure to subscribe because there is still more to come!

Thanks for following along on our happiness journal!

We will meet YOU at HAPPY!

 

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#thehappinessprojectyqr

When my class launched our happiness project we were looking at different options for sharing our project. I debated starting a classroom Twitter or Instagram account to share our journey with others. At this time I was looking around on social media to see what may be out there for others already using the happiness project as their name. During this search, I found on Instagram The Happiness Project YQR. I was intrigued so I checked out her page and started following along on Makayla’s happiness project page. You can read Makayla’s blog about her inspiration and journey to starting the happiness project here.

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Over the past few months, I have had the opportunity to follow her story and see how she has branded #thehappinessprojectyqr. Makayla runs a very successful and positive social media site that helps spread positivity,  and guidance to happiness online. Over the past few months that I have been following Makayla’s page, she has had many local Regina guests take over her Instagram to share their successes and their daily rituals to help them be mindful and happy. I have enjoyed following her positive page and learning about her journey to happiness.

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I feel that Makayla is a great role model to show students how social media can be a platform to spread awareness about your cause in a positive way. Since I teach in a Grade 3/4 classroom I feel that it is a crucial age for students to understand the power of social media and how it can be used positively. I reached out to Makayla to see if she would come into our classroom and help me speak to my class about her happiness project as well as the importance of being kind online. She was so excited that I had reached out and we made plans for her to come into our classroom yesterday!

While Makayla was here she shared what her happiness project was all about focusing on daily rituals of gratitude and being kind to others. We also talked about being kind online and students made kindness pledges to pledge to be kind! I updated our classroom happiness blog with all of the activities that we did with Makayla. You can find the update here!

I am so grateful for Makayla taking time out of her busy schedule to come and visit us. The power of social media is amazing as a teacher being able to find others in our community that can come in and support our teaching giving our students another perspective.

Thanks for checking in! Stay tuned for our reveal this week of how much money we raised for the Make a Wish Foundation! You won’t want to miss this!

 

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Adios EC&I 832

Since I just returned from Mexico for spring break, and I am practically fluent (not) in Spanish I will prepare to say Adios to my new friends and colleagues that I have met through this course. Thank you all for another amazing semester of learning. This course for me was a great building block to the content that I learned in EC&I 831. I feel that combined these two courses have allowed me to fully understand the importance of educating our students on the importance of Digital Citizenship as well as Media Literacy.

This course has allowed me to reflect on my current teaching practices and encouraged me to consider how I can change and adapt my teaching to ensure that I am fully preparing my students for the world that they are entering. Technology and media are here to stay and as teachers and parents, we need to be committed to helping our students navigate this world appropriately and safely. I feel that I now have a great understanding of the topics that I need to begin to explore deeper into my classroom and from this class I have the confidence to know how to begin that.

Thank you all for the great discussions, feedback, and support. You can find my summary of learning below!  Take care all!

 

Adios, my friends!

Channing

 

 

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Working on Ourselves!

The last two weeks of #thehappinessproject have been taking time to focus on our minds and working towards understanding that big concept of mindfulness.

Mindfulness Wheels:

Two weeks ago the mindfulness guru Trina Markusson came to talk to our students about Mindfulness and different strategies that they can use to help with mindfulness and dealing with big emotions. We read her story Good Morning Sunshine and talked about the different mindfulness strategies that she suggests. Students then made their own Mindfulness wheels with all of the strategies that Trina gave them for their happiness journals.

You can find my student’s blog post on the Mindfulness Wheel here.

You can find my post including resources for the Mindfulness Wheel here.

Positive Self Talk:

This past week we have been focusing on our minds as we looked at helpful and unhelpful thoughts and how those impact us. The first lesson we focused on Positive self-talk and the idea that if you plant positive thoughts in your life positive things will happen. Students then had to think of 7-10 positive self-talk mantras that they can use. Students created positive self-talk shields to help protect themselves from negative self-talk.

 

You can find my student’s blog post on Positive Self Talk here. 

You can find my blog post including resources for Positive Self Talk here.

 

SA TA NA MA Meditation

This week we also looked at the idea of taking care of our minds and learning how to focus on the present moment. We watched a video that suggests we need to take ten minutes a day to do absolutely nothing. In this lesson, we looked at the SA TA NA MA Meditation and how it can help people work on being in the present moment. Ten minutes does not seem long but it can be very difficult to stay focused without our minds wandering for ten solid minutes. Using the SA TA NA MA Meditation helps students focus on the present moment of the meditation.

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You can find my students post on the SA TA NA MA Meditation here.

You can find post including resources for SA TA NA MA Meditation lesson here.

 Thanks for stopping in! I wanted to give you all a little glimpse into what #thehappinessproject has been up to. To see our full project and lessons head over to our blog at http://www.thehappinessprojectdp.wordpress.com

We will meet YOU at HAPPY!

 

 

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Local News Bubble…

News. To be honest, this is one thing that can completely overwhelm me. Media, in my mind, has allowed the access to and the spread of news, true and fake to become so widespread. In today’s society information and news is always visible and present and that to me has become overwhelming. Because the access and amount of news overwhelm me so much, I have found that for the most part, I try and put myself in a bubble of staying local with my news intake. By doing so I feel that I am able to stay informed about what is happening in my immediate community and up to date with the news that directly impacts myself and my community. Amy shares the same feelings I do about news in todays society, she shares,

I can’t make sense of my world. What I learn about in the news constantly tells me that there is so much going on that I can’t understand and have no way of even beginning to understand.  I feel overwhelmed by the complexities of the moment we’re in, politically, socially, humanitarian-ly, and environmentally.

 With acknowledging these overwhelming feelings I feel about my news intake, I do acknowledge that it ultimately is a privilege that I have in that I  am able to choose which news I concern myself.

Currently, the strategy that I use in order to stay informed and away from the fake news is that I try to primarily ready and watch local news, listen to local radio and also browsing online local news sites in order to stay informed with my communities news stories. I try and make sure that I cross-check facts between different local news stations as I find even between local news stations the stories that each station shares can present different facts and different information. I feel that in today’s world no matter what the source of news that you are reading it is important to always cross-check the information to truly guarantee that you are getting truthful facts of the news stories. If we do not cross-check the facts we then risk becoming part of the problem in spreading of ‘fake news’.

  

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There was a time in my life when I relied on my social media platforms to keep myself informed with news. Many people use their social media accounts to share stories of news that is happening around the world. It is hard not to click on the catchy headings and read stories of what is happening around the world. The problem with relying on social media platforms is that there are many fake news stories floating around on these sites. This is why it is concerning that in today’s society many people are using social media as their primary news platform but in reality, this is where the majority of ‘fake news’ stories begin to circulate.

It is just in the last few years that I have learned to become skeptical of reading news stories circulating on social media and have become aware of the idea of fake news and how to begin to decipher if a story is real or fake. In Jocelyn and Jamie’s video this week, they share a study done by Ofcom that polled 12-15-year-olds and half of the students shared that social media is where they get their news stories from.The following is a video that Jocelyn and Jaimie’s shared about the importance of fact-checking news stories found on our social media feeds.

As an educator, we have a great responsibility in helping our students understand fake news and helping them build the skills that they need in order to understand and think critically about what they are reading. I can see after reflection this week that this is something I need to work on myself to become more comfortable with reading news and pushing myself outside of my comfort zone to become more informed with what is going on around the world. I need to work towards becoming more comfortable with reading online and being able to confidently identify what is true and what is fake news. Jocelyn and Jaimie shared the following picture which I think is a great starting point for myself as well as my students when looking at classifying news.

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Although I think this is a great start to helping students identify ‘fake news’ we need to remember what Alec shared last week in class. Nicole shared on Twitter how Alec quoted that”no checklist is going to make your student’s media literate.” Sharing tips that students can work through is great but even beyond this, we need to ensure that we continue to have conversations with them and provide them with real experiences to help them truly understand and be confident in the skills they need in order to become media literate citizens.

So my question to you is how are you committed to helping your students become digital literate citizens in this fake news world? For me, I acknowledge that my first step needs to begin with continuing educating myself and becoming more confident in my media literacy skills.

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Giving to Charity Makes us Happy!

It has been another exciting and busy week for #thehappinessproject in our classroom. Last week we hit the ground running with our fundraiser for the Make a Wish Foundation Saskatchewan! The students were so excited to begin to raise money for our charity. They are feeling very inspired by the fact that they can work together for a greater cause and be a part of something so great within our province. Children are so caring and giving and this week allowed my students to take on leadership roles in our school in order to inspire others to jump on board with our fundraiser.

Small groups of our students went around to each and every classroom to spread awareness in our school about our fundraiser. They worked together to count out and deliver all of the order forms to the classrooms. On Thursday we received all of our pre-order forms and from there we were able to begin to fill our pre-orders with the bracelets that we had made for our fundraiser. We also have other classrooms from other schools around Regina that have been following our blog. They also purchased bracelets so we filled those orders and sent them to their schools! The bracelet sales were a huge success and all the students who purchased bracelets are encouraged to wear them on Tuesday, March 20th for International Day of Happiness. Here are the bracelets our classroom ordered!

Another fundraiser our class has planned is on Thursday, March 22nd students in our school can also participate in a mindful day where they can pay $1 to chew gum for the school day. Did you know that chewing gum is mindful?

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I also had one very caring and generous student who went above and beyond and did her own fundraiser to raise more money for our cause. You can check out Addie’s blog post on our happiness project to read about how she raised $145 for our project! Her blog post can be found here!

At our school assembly in April our classroom will be doing a happiness presentation for families and our school as well as at that time we will have the grand total for how much money we raised for the Make a Wish Foundation Saskatchewan! Stay tuned as they have already way surpassed what our original goal was!

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Feel free to check out our blog here to read up on what we have been learning about this week! My students have been working hard at keeping our blog updated so the classrooms who are following along can continue on with the project.

We are so grateful for the classrooms and others who have been following along with our project. Many classrooms and others have left us comments on our blog which has been very exciting for our students. Last week we took time to read all of the comments that have been left on our blog posts. We took time to read each comment and students took time responding to these comments. We talked about why it is important to comment on others work and also how we can use positive comments to encourage others in their work. We also talked about the importance of taking time to reply to comments and why it would be important to take the time to reply to these comments. The students learned so much from this short lesson. We are grateful for the classrooms who have been following along and commenting to encourage our learning. Thank you to all who have taken the time to read and comment on my students learning.

It has been another happy week for #thehappinessproject! We have lots of learning left to do so continue checking our blog! I have also reached out to Makayla who runs thehappinessprojectyqr.com. She has branded #thehappinessprojectYQR in Regina and I have been in contact with her about collaborating. I plan to make arrangements to have her come and talk to our class about her journey to happiness as well as her experiences with social media and how she has used social media to spread happiness to all of her followers! I am very excited about this collaboration! Stay tuned to hear what we decide on!

Thanks for checking out our update! It has been another busy week and this is only a snippet of what we have been up to! Make sure to browse our blog to see the details! Leave us a comment and let us know you stopped by!

What are you doing for International Day of Happiness?! Join us in our pursuit of happiness!

We will meet YOU at HAPPY!

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21st Century Literacy

Teaching is one profession where the requirements and expectations are constantly changing due to the changes in society. As teachers, it is essential that we are educating our young people to keep up with the changes happening in society. It is also crucial that teachers are committed to understanding the changes happening in society and are thinking critically about how their teaching practices need to continue to evolve to meet the different demands of society.

Traditionally, literacy in the classroom was defined by the student’s ability to read, write and do arithmetic. As society progresses literacy also progresses and in today’s society being literate means much more than having the ability to read, write and do arithmetic. So what does it mean to be literate today?

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Our world is changing at a pace that can sometimes seem difficult to keep up with. Literacy alike is also changing rapidly. To become fully literate in today’s society one must acquire skills greater than just reading, writing, and arithmetic.  As stated in the article Media Literacy: A National Priority for a Changing World,

The convergence of media and technology in a global culture is changing the way we learn about the world and challenging the very foundations of education. No longer is it enough to be able to read the printed word; children, youth, and adults, too, need the ability to critically interpret the powerful images of a multimedia culture.

No longer is being literate having the ability to just read and write. To be fully literate one must have the skills to also become media literate which is having the ability to think critically and understand the many messages we receive through multimedia throughout our day. As Staci defined in her catalyst video, “Media literacy is the ability to identify different types of media and understand the messages they’re sending.” We now live in a multimedia world where messages are sent to us through many different media throughout our days and it is our job as educators to help children understand these messages and teach them to be able to think critically about what the messages mean to them.

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As teachers, we need to begin to understand how the curriculum we teach in our classrooms needs to change as well as our teaching methods and approaches need to change to address the multimedia world that our students live in. We need to help them learn not only how to navigate the technology and use it to gather information but also how to be critical in the way that they analyze the information that they have gathered. Through a change in education, we can teach students how they can use technology to further their understanding of multimedia information.

As stated in the article Media Literacy: A National Priority for a Changing World, becoming media literate allows students to move away from the idea of teachers providing knowledge and students storing all of the information in their brains, towards students having the skills to acquire and search for any information that they will need to know. The world is constantly changing and data is produced at a faster rate than ever before therefore it is unrealistic for students to be able to store these amounts of data in their brains. These skills, in turn, allow students to be able to find knowledge rather than store knowledge we have provided them with.

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It also means that we are taking time to teach students how to approach new technologies that they will encounter. We help them to build and understand the skills they need to approach new technology with enthusiasm, fearlessly as well as skeptically and critically. We build on their reading and writing skills by teaching them how to use technology to help further their thinking and understanding of the world around them. This allows students to become digital learners where they can learn anything, anywhere at any time. Becoming digital literate is an essential and powerful tool students need to master to become fully literate in today’s society.

As a teacher what are you doing in your classroom to ensure that your literacy program is pushing beyond the traditional understanding of what is literacy? How can you ensure that you are providing your students with the experiences they need to become fully literate in today’s society? As teachers, it is important that we question and challenge our teaching pedagogies to continue to grow as an educator and ensure that we are providing our students with the skill set that they need to be the best that they can be in today’s society.

 

 

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#DPkindnesschallenge

Last term as well as this term I have been awakened to the importance of teaching Digital Citizenship in my classroom. I am finding it hard to think back and reflect on what my understanding of the term digital citizenship was prior to my first Ed Tech class with Alec. Did I teach it to my class? I would say….maybe, kind of, but I sure didn’t do the topic any justice. The passion and understanding of the importance of this topic was just not there for me yet.

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Most of my teaching career has been in a grade 1 classroom with myself just recently moving into an upper elementary teaching position. This transition has allowed me to understand the importance of educating students about digital citizenship even at an elementary level. Now with a new media literacy ear and media literacy understanding, I often hear conversations between my grade 3/4 students where they are referring to some sort of media usage or new knowledge they are building of social media sites. This has really opened my eyes to how young students are beginning to create their own online identity.

The experience in grade 3/4 has really challenged me to consider what my role as a teacher is in educating them to be good digital citizens. It has made me consider how I can incorporate media literacy and digital citizenship into my daily lessons. Last term I found myself doing many ‘one off’ digital citizenship lessons with my students. This term as my confidence grows I am beginning to find ways to have discussions and mini-lessons in what we are already doing in the classroom. As my knowledge of digital citizenship grows I am finding it easier to weave this knowledge into my daily teaching.

While reading Digital Literacy: What does it mean to you? I was considering how as teachers we first need to be confident in our own digital citizenship. The article states:

For me digital literacy involves reading widely, keeping informed, knowing when and how to be critical and when to embrace new information, new ideas. It also means how to approach new technologies – hardware and software – skeptically, fearlessly, and with enthusiasm.

Similar to how we are teaching our students to be critical, embrace new information, ideas and approaching new technologies we as teachers need to be enthusiastic and fearless about the idea of incorporating technology and digital opportunities into our classrooms. We need to take on the role of being the role models and allowing our students to see a real-world positive example that they can learn from and be a part of.                                                 Photo Credit

Similar to Amy I had mixed feelings at the beginning of Patrick Maze’s presentation. Throughout the conversation, it really reminded me and helped me understand how important it is for teachers to always be good role models online and understand how the public views teachers online. Like Amy stated, “teachers are always in the spotlight, that we need to ensure that we have the public’s confidence to teach their youth, that we are held to a higher standard and need to be careful of what we put online.” These high standards allow teachers to be mindful of how we can be good role models online for our students.

Within my classroom, I feel that this year we have made lots of headway in the digital citizenship teaching. #thehappinessproject has been providing my students with real-world experience in using media to connect with others and learn how we can use media to positively impact others. I feel that this project has turned out to be much more than just an ‘activist’ project as it is hitting areas in teaching and learning that I didn’t even dream of reaching. I will share a future post on how #thehappinessproject has been a great teaching tool for media literacy and digital citizenship in our classroom.

Within our school, there have been many social media ‘issues’ pop up over the past few months. Many of these issues have popped up in the upper elementary grades with the students that are reaching the age to newly signing up for different social media apps. Many of the students have reported students bullying or the improper use of these sites to us as teachers. It has really allowed us as a learning community to come together and have conversations about what our roles as teachers are in helping students be safe and kind online.

One project that is being launched in our school for International Day of Happiness on March 20th is the Grade 5 and 6 students on the Conflict Managers team are planning an online kindness challenge for our entire school. They have applied for the Sasktel I Am Stronger grant to help with this project. This group of students is making cake pops for each student in the school. Each cake pop will have a happiness tag on it and also information of an online kindness challenge. Students will be challenged to go online and post 5 positive messages on anyone’s social media accounts. You can follow along with their journey by checking out my co-worker’s blog! We would love to challenge you to go spread kindness online by using the hashtag #DPkindnesschallenge!

I truly feel that over the next few years the topic of digital citizenship is going to explode in schools. Unfortunately, it is still a new term for many teachers and I feel that there needs to be more education for teachers on the importance of teaching digital citizenship and tips and resources on how they can incorporate this into our classrooms. I really hope over the next few years we will see more of this in the curriculum so it isn’t seen as something optional for teachers. This isn’t something that can be kicked down the road in teaching, this is something that needs to be addressed now and all teachers need to understand the importance of media literacy and digital citizenship teachings.

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I feel very grateful to be gaining this knowledge in my master’s classes. I feel like I can take these lessons and become a digital citizenship guru in my building by helping others understand the importance of making digital citizenship teaching a priority. We need to protect our students and their digital identities by providing them with the skills they need to be kind and safe digital citizens.

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The DP Conflict Managers challenge you to think of how you can encourage your students to spread kindness online! #DPkindnesschallenge

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Feelings Week!

Our #thehappiness project as you know is well underway! The excitement continues and I am just blown away by my student’s enthusiasm for this project. This week we focused on feelings for the week.

The first lesson we did this week was all about our feelings. You can find Ashton and Deagan’s post Our Feelings here! They did a great job recapping the importance of identifying how different things make us feel and beginning to think about where in our bodies we feel different emotions. We then talked about what it would be like if our body had to carry all of those emotions around and wasn’t able to process them.  You can also find my teacher post where I shared the resources I used for the first feelings lesson. You can find my Feelings Lesson 1 here!

Here are some highlights from lesson one this week!

We continued the week with a second lesson that we began to consider what these emotions do to our bodies and how we need to react to these emotions. You can find Liam and Olivia’s recap of Emotions are like Waves here! They did a great job of sharing how we decide which wolf in our heart to feed. They shared that the one that we feed will be the one that wins. They shared how we need to let emotions come and go like waves. They will come in but with calm attention and care we can release and allow them to leave. You can also find my recap on the lesson as well as the resources that I used to teach this lesson here at Feelings Lesson 2.

Here are some highlights from the feelings lesson two!

 

This week was the week that my students launched their Happiness Bracelet campaign. This week they worked sorting all of the information letters into classrooms to prepare to drop them off for the classroom teacher. They also went around to each and every classroom in small groups and talked about our campaign and shared samples of our bracelets and shared that all of the money would be donated to the Make a Wish Foundation Saskatchewan. They were so excited to share this with the students in our school as they have already been creating the bracelets. There was a lot of excitement from other classrooms about our project and many teachers are now reaching out to get more information about our blog which is great! Order forms will be due this week and then we will be filling orders and making any more bracelets that we need to make to fill the orders. We have also  have reached out to the classrooms following our project online to invite them to purchase our bracelets as well! Let me know if you would like to order one! We would love to send you one!

This weekend I had a parent contact me to let me know that one of my students was doing a bake sale at her church this Sunday with all of the proceeds being donated to our project. I am just so blown away with my students kindness and commitment to this project and to our cause they picked! Watch for updates about her donation hitting our blog this week!

This week we will begin to explore ways in which we can self-regulate and deal with these emotions. We will begin to dig deeper into mindfulness and how this helps us deal with big emotions and everyday life. We will be building on the Mindfulness guru Trina Markussons presentation to our school last week!

Make sure to check our blog thehappinessprojectdp.wordpress.com for updates this week!

Thanks for stopping in!

We will meet YOU at HAPPY!

 

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#thehappinessproject is underway!

This past week was a fabulous week! After lots of preplanning and brainstorming, we finally had the opportunity to launch #thehappiness project in our classroom. There is a TON of energy around this project! It already has been so fun and you know the students are passionate about the project when they cheer when they see #thehappinessproject on our daily schedule.

We began our week with each student getting their own happiness journal. Each student got their own journal that they were asked to collage the front of their journals with things that made them happy! I wanted these journals to be personal to them and something that they would cherish and want to do their best work in. Each and every one of their journals are unique and they put so much work into them. Following this lesson, I had two students blog about the lesson on our happiness blog. I showed them how to work the blog and I helped them add in the videos and pictures but otherwise, they were in charge of doing all the writing for the blog! Here is the link to their first blog post titled Day 1 written by Jordyn and Izzy. They were very excited to have been chosen to write about our first activity!

The second day of #thehappiness project we started discussing things that make us happy. The idea of this lesson was to brainstorm a list of things that make us happy and talk about how we can pay gratitude to the things that make us happy. We talked about how we can keep these things that make us happy in our heart and when we are feeling sad, mad or upset these things are things that we can do to help us reach happiness again. For this lesson, students brainstormed a list of 20 things that make them happy and then they drew and filled a heart with all of these things. Once again, two students were picked to blog on our happiness blog about our daily learning. Pyatt and Parker did a great job of updating our blog. Check out their post Our Heart Maps!

I also updated the blog on the teacher’s page to review what I did for lessons and resources for teachers who are following. I hope to keep the lessons short and sweet with low prep so teachers who are following along in their classrooms can open the blog and easily do these activities on the spot with their students. You can read about the first lessons on the teacher page here!

On Wednesday my students shared their happiness project with the entire school at our school assembly. They shared the video that we made with Adobe spark as well as spoke about our mission and our charity. They shared how others can get involved in the journey as well as get involved by donating to our charity. They were so excited to share their project and the response from the staff and students was more than we could have hoped for. I am so excited to watch the rest of this project unfold for them.

We also did some more looming and got the order forms ready to send out so we can start taking pre-orders for our happiness bracelets. We will be selling the bracelets for $2 each and all of the proceeds will be going to the Make a Wish Foundation Saskatchewan! Please contact me if you would like to purchase some bracelets to support our cause! We are encouraging everyone to wear their bracelets on March 20th for International Happiness Day!

This week is going to be another week for our project! We will be sending out the order forms for our bracelets and we will be promoting sales for that! For this, the students in my classroom will be going to the classrooms in our school and giving a mini-presentation on our happiness project and showing off our bracelets and telling the other students how we want them to all wear them on March 20th to support our project!

For the happiness project this week we will be exploring the topic of feelings. We will be exploring the idea that life can be tough and daily we are challenged and we feel many different feelings in a day. We are going to discuss how different feelings make us feel and how our body reacts to different feelings. Stay tuned for my students updating the blog on these ideas!

Thanks for following along!

We will meet YOU at HAPPY!

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