Friday, July 26, 2013

Two Janesville Teachers “Open the World” to Their Students

Madison Elementary School Teachers Vikki Kratz and Kathy Morgan are currently in Asia, visiting China and Vietnam.  A “Fund for Teachers” grant made this educational trip possible.

By taking this journey, Ms. Kratz and Ms. Morgan intend to show their students that the world is open to them and that they play an important role in it. Wisconsin state standards require that children spend time identifying connections between their local community and other regions of the world. At Madison Elementary School, some students are taking Chinese language classes and are learning about Chinese culture. This trip also allows them to form alliances with Madison’s “partner” school in Shanghai and strengthen personal connections they have with a family in Vietnam.

The School District of Janesville has committed itself to providing a 21st century education to all students.  Madison Elementary School began to video conference with their partner school in China and their trip will only strengthen that bond.

Ms. Kratz and Ms. Morgan stated the following before they left.  “We will try to connect with a classroom in Vietnam. Once these connections are made, we will be able to do collaborative activities that will keep the children's excitement of their studies high. We will use programs like Skype and Edmodo, so the children can communicate with students on the other side of the world. Experiences such as these will broaden the children's knowledge of China and Vietnam, as well as teach them how to interact respectfully with people from another culture.”

“Fund for Teachers” enriches the personal and professional growth of teachers by recognizing and supporting them as they identify and pursue opportunities around the globe that will have the greatest impact on their practice, the academic lives of their students, and on their school communities.

The “Funds for Schools” grant covered the entire cost of the trip.

Follow Ms. Kratz and Ms. Morgan on their journey by visiting there blog! (Select the picture below)

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