Written by Carrie Raiyawa
Pathway Explorer. Equipped Scholar. Values-Drive Leader. Forever Learner.
We know these as the characteristics of the Klein ISD Profile of a Learner. We know these as the characteristics of successful people. We know these as the characteristics we want EVERY Klein ISD student to embody when they leave us. As educators, we do our very best to ensure that we are modeling and teaching these characteristics to our students every day we come to work. It is a daunting but important task, and I have seen so many teachers rise to the occasion and embrace the challenge head on.
One teacher in particular, at Ehrhardt Elementary, accomplished this task by looking outside the classroom walls to create a learning experience for her first graders that engaged them in all four characteristics of a learner at once, and challenged them to use their knowledge in all subjects to solve a problem. Stacie Mehaffey signed up to be an ambassador for EcoRise, a company that advocates for and designs curriculum to teach students the importance of creating a sustainable future for us all. Stacie and her class did an Eco-Audit of their school and found there was a problem with the amount of paper that was being used without being recycled. The class then spoke to teachers, collected data, and analyze their current situation to come up with a solution to this environmental issue at their school. The class was awarded a grant for $450 to assist with the implementation of their solution.
A goal-oriented problem solver. Innovative and creative. Optimistic and hopeful. Emotionally intelligent and culturally responsive. An interconnected global citizen. Building positive and productive relationships. Thinking “we” not “me”…
I can go on and on. Almost every line of Profile of a Learner can be seen in this experience, and this is what made it such a powerful learning tool.
Stacie is an example of an educator who exemplifies our Profile of a Leader by thoughtfully challenging the status quo for her students, and looking outside the classroom walls for real world learning. Let us follow her lead and challenge ourselves to do the same!
To find out more about this project and the solution the students implemented to solve it, please read the article featured here on the Green Mountain Energy website. Be sure to watch the video to hear directly from the students!