These students are the reason I go to work with a smile on my face every day. They challenge me to think about their learning outside the box. That's how his all got started. I was trying to make health class interesting by showing a clip of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution. It worked. They're interested. Now I'm using the blog to teach writing, reading, mapping/geography, fractions, decimals, graphing, drama, public speaking, nutrition, healthy choices, decision making and so much more. They're still interested and I'm going to "milk" it until they get bored.
So here a few of the "behind the scenes" tidbits...
- Two students showed up with a very elaborate Lego "set" last week. This will be shared with the world soon. I may have "accidentally" mentioned something about MooTV on Twitter.
- Students have been brainstorming prizes for the "Look at Your Milk" photo challenge. My favourite idea was "The Milk Revolution Start-Up Kit." It includes a Milk Revolution membership card, autographed copy of "One Glass at a Time," a pop-up cow card made in art class that has a sound recording that says "choose your milk," a homemade cow necklace and a drawing of Mrs. Swelander.
- Students also want to give away unflavoured milk as a prize, but they recognize it might be hard to send by mail.
- Our bag of sugar has become famous at school. People keep touching it and now there's a hole in the bag. We might be down to about 25.5g of sugar now. We're going to get a new bag.
- "Quiet on the set!" is now heard frequently from the hall outside our classroom door.
- We've been invited to speak at our Parent Association meeting May 10, 2011.
- A local news reporter is interested in our story. According to one student, "We need all the press we can get."
- Our Educational Assistant found an inflatable carton of unflavoured milk which now lives in our classroom.
- We had a class breakfast and drank 4L of delicious unflavoured milk.
- Our blog is posted to our school website, Facebook and it's being followed by several consultants for reading, writing and technology. Students "infer" that Jamie Oliver is a follower, but there's no way to know for sure. We're hoping he'll enter our contest.
- Now my students say the classroom has to be clean at all times in case reporters come to school. (I don't think that will happen, but I'm enjoying their ownership of the classroom.)
- Students are independently emailing/writing to Jamie Oliver and his Food Revolution team. That means kids in this class are READING AND WRITING for pleasure! That's big. I'd like to apologize to the Food Revolution Team. My class has recently received their own emails and like to use them...a LOT.
- We are going to be reordering the milk for the remainder of the year so that students can re-choose their milk for the rest of the year.
- My class wants to get a flash mob together, even trying to convince me it could be their dance unit and gym class all in one. They even planned out that students could wear our blog address on their class shirts. After evaluating the possibilities, we decided that we have to save that one for later.
- We're hosting a milk table where we will share our message (and unflavoured milk) at an upcoming schoolwide event.
- We'll be speaking at our next school assembly (where we will also share the aforementioned MooTV).
These kids are our future. Watch out world, because here they come!