I Can Make A Difference!

Grade 3 Makes Positive Change Through Writing


“Your community is your life, so make it a good community” – Gwen, Grade 3

This precept, or words to live by, became my Grade 3 class motto at the American International School of Lusaka, Zambia. Throughout the school year, we were able to grow and develop together as a group – celebrating each other’s successes and learning from our mistakes. Taking risks became common practice in our classroom, and in doing so, we learned to persevere and continue to strive for our goals. A culture of thinking was created that promoted both individual and group growth. I take with me to São Paulo the experiences I have shared with my Grade 3 students, their actions a constant reminder to make positive change within my PE classes.
My Grade 3 Class - American International School of Lusaka, Zambia

My Grade 3 Class – American International School of Lusaka, Zambia


Finding the wonder in even the smallest of things…

During our Unit of Inquiry, I Can Make A Difference, my Grade 3 students were challenged to take action and make positive change, either big or small, within our community. While reading the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio, students were introduced to precepts and were inspired to write their own. The precepts they wrote are an example of how words can influence positive change. By learning of the actions that people have taken to make a difference, both within and beyond our community, students connected new ideas to their own learning. Recognizing the importance of creating a safe and caring environment, students took action through writing in the hope to make our school community a better place.
“ As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” - Nelson Mandela

Precepts inspired by the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio


“ As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” – Nelson Mandela

Take a look at my Grade 3 class’ Last Precepts

What lessons could we learn from what they wrote? How could words create positive change in your classroom community? What light could we shine that would inspire our students to make a difference?

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