Fifth graders strive for understanding and change
“Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them” - Lady Bird Johnson
At Carrollwood Day School, we believe our children can and will change our worlds. This belief is what drives the Exhibition, the culmination of the IB Primary Years Programme. Every year, each fifth grade class identifies issues of social importance on which they can educate the school community and take action. And every year, our students, taking advantage of the knowledge gained through individual study and the tools provided by CDS, reach far beyond the scope of their classroom walls to enlighten themselves and their peers.
Mrs. Theriault’s class is utilizing the newly-established elementary school DREAM Lab to talk to an expert on their selected topic: Poverty Affects and Changes Society. On Tuesday, April 23, the students will Skype with Ruby Payne, an educator and activist who focuses on the culture of poverty and its relation to education. Dr. Payne is the author of A Framework for Understanding Poverty and is a frequent presenter at education conferences. A team of fifth grade students researched Dr. Payne’s work in the DREAM Lab, and then, together, collaborated on a video, where they explained who CDS was and what the Exhibition entails, and asked if they could interview her. They presented the video to Dr. Payne through social media and, much to their delight, Dr. Payne responded right away and agreed to a Skype interview.
Mrs. Layton, the Lower School Innovation Specialist, is thrilled by the children’s activism and by Dr. Payne’s acceptance. “I helped the kids find the research, but I told them the presentation was all them, and they stepped up. Ruby Payne is a renowned expert and for her to give us an hour of her time is unbelievable.”
Here is a look at some of Mrs. Theriault's class collaborating on their video invitation to Dr. Payne.
To see how the fifth graders turn their research into action, plan on attending the PYP Exhibition at CDS on May 15!