Pam Moran is the superintendent of schools for Albemarle County and is the president of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents. Recently she accompanied John Hunter and his class of enthusiatic, knowledgable, excited 4th graders to visit Leon Panetta and staff at the Pentagon. She pens this very thoughtful reflection of the trip for the Richmond Times Dispatch.
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We continue to be pleased by the number of teachers who are, with their students, created learning games inspired by the World Peace Game. Creating one's own version of the World Peace Game offers ownership, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving in the creation of the game and it is exactly what we hope more and more teachers will do everywhere.
Here are notes and comments from teacher Steven Clacher and his 6th class at Kingston International School in Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong.
American Public Television Broadcast of the Movie Begins this Week!
We could not be more pleased to announce the absolutely wonderful news regarding the broadcast of World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements on public television stations across the country.
On Saturday, May 12th, World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements will be screened at World Class Learning Academy on 44 East 2nd Street (between 1st & 2nd Ave).
World Class Learning Academy, New York is part of the growing World Class Learning (WCL) schools network which offers an internationally respected, learning-focused curriculum. The network includes over 1,500 schools in 65 countries. The World Class Learning Academy is affiliated with other international schools located in Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Houston, Washington, DC. Al Khor, Qatar, Doha, and Madrid.
A PLAYROOM will be available for you to drop off your child where they can participate in free play, an art project or a music program.
April 18, 2012 via Blackboard Collaborate
Many thanks to Steve Hargadon for a great conversation and interactive session on the Future of Education. What a fun interview with so many wonderful people online from all over the world (Bangalor, Nepal, Singapore, Virginia) -- true global participation, and an unbelievable back channel!
Here is the link to the recorded interview that you can download and listen. You can also see the movie clip.
John Hunter and Chris Farina to open Projecting Change Film Festival
Around a four-tiered Plexiglas structure, a group of Grade 4 students try to unscramble the interlocking problems of four imaginary countries that encompass a universe rife with ethnic and minority divisions, war, economic disparities, famine, environmental disasters — global problems.
The children are pushing their creative and intellectual boundaries by playing the World Peace Game, developed by educator John Hunter. They read from Sun Tzu’s the Art of War, form governments, strategize, trade, negotiate, mobilize armies, fight and sometimes make peace.
Winning or losing, solving global warming, achieving world peace or getting a good mark for your team is not the goal, says Hunter in a phone interview from Charlottesville, Va.
There is no end game.
“The process is the thing. What they go through is the reward. It hardly matters how they come out. The energized learning moment is the point.”
His work is captured in the Chris Farina film World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements. The classroom documentary opens the Projecting Change film festival in Vancouver on Tuesday.
World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements to Show on Opening Night
Thanks to Straight.com for the nice article about the film "World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements" being selected to show on Opening Night at the Projecting Change Film Festival.