Because schools all over the world are in session at diferent times during the year, this GLP allows for partnering teachers to set up their own timeframes for completing the activites. Once teachers have made initial contact, they can decide what will work best for their class and make modifications if needed. Please contact the project manager with any modifications that will be made.
At the individual level, students choose a person they interact with in their lives and help them in some way to make their day, or life, a little better. Once the good deed is done, students advice the person they helped that it is their turn to “Pay It Forward” to someone else to keep the chain reaction going.
For the younger students:
Spend some time discussing what it means to "Pay It Forward," and make a list of ideas of ways they can "Pay it Forward." Leave this list up in the room throughout the duration of the project, and continue to add to it as students continue to come up with ideas. It will also serve as a reminder for them to look for opportunities in which they can "Pay It Forward."
Pay It Forward Bracelets:
The Global Pay It Forward Movement website has some neat bracelets that students can use to pass on once they have paid it forward to someone. The purpose of the bracelets is to remind us to pay it forward, and once we do we can give the bracelet to the next person so they remember to pay it forward as well. This way we can keep the chain reaction going.
Bracelets are only .50 each. All you have to do is make a donation to match the amount of bracelets you would like, plus $5 for shipping within the U.S. Then simply email a copy of your receipt along with how many bracelets you need and your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org, and he will mail you the bracelets. To make a donation to receive the bracelets click here.
If you have questions about the Global Pay It Forward Movement, or want to learn more, go to www.pifexperience.org.
At the community level, classes work together to find a need within their own community, and think of a way to help. Some examples are: (collect can food for a local food pantry, have a clean-up “field trip” around their school’s neighborhood, start a community garden and give away the produce grown to needy families around their area, ect…). You can find more ideas on the Ideas page of this GLP.
Make sure to post about your progress on our blog, and upload pictures if possible. We would love to hear about all the wonderful acts of kindness our participating classes are involved in.
At the global level, students collaborate with another student from their partner class and research a need in the world. Together, students raise awareness by creating a digital media presentation proposing solutions for this need. Students must use a minimum of 3 references as they put their presentations together, and site them on a reference page. Teachers or students can submit their presentations to the project manager if they would like their presentations to be showcased on this GLP website. If possible, students are encouraged to seek groups or organizations that might be able to help with their cause, and submitt their presentation to them as well.
Students may use any type of digital media they feel most comfortable using. There are a few tutorials available for students on the Resource page of this GLP website to help students decide which tool they would like to use, but almost any form of presentation is accepted.
For the younger students:
Instead of working in partners for the final project, they work as a class. The teacher selects a few needs around the world and discusses them with the class. As a class, students decide which need they want to focus on and research it further with the teacher. After spending some time researching this need as a class, students brainstorm some ideas in which people can help. Based on the students ideas, the teacher decides the best way in which to present it. One way is to have students draw pictures and scan them to create a slide show or power point. It will be up to the teacher's' discretion to decide how his/her class will participate.
Students and teachers are able to share ideas, experiences, and progress on KidBlog, and offer each other support every step of the way. Students blog in a kid-friendly environment where their post are monitored by their teacher and the project manager, and only accesible by the participants. It will require you to set-up an account for your class, but it is super easy and a very beneficial collaborative tool for students. On KidBlog.com student will be able to share and work on their presentaion projects with their partners. I have provided step-by-step instructions on how to set-up and manage a class account on the Create KidBlog Class Account page of this site. As always, please remind students not to post any personal information on the blog. Please refer to the trust and monitor policy for the do's and don'ts.
The teacher forum is a place where teachers can go to partner up with another class, offer support, ask questions, and get ideas. To post on the forum just sign in. As soon as you register with this GLP, visit the teacher forum and post a general description of your class. Be sure to mention grade level, ages, and general location (i.e., city and state). After you connect with another teacher via the forum, make arrangements to connect with each other either through e-mail, Skype, or any other means you prefer. It will be necessary to do so in order to work out certain details of the project, such as how you will pair up your students, or any other specifics or modifications you would like. If you have any questions regarding the teacher forum, or any other part of this GLP, please contact the project manager.
Pay It Forward GLP by Aurora Mendoza is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at http://www.pifexperience.com/.