Here is how the project went:
This project worked out very well! I really enjoyed preparing materials for each week's lesson, and I looked forward to each zoom meeting with my students. Like in the previous club I ran, it was inspiring to see the students so excited to learn about conservation and to complete various projects on their own. Many students made presentations and pieces of art to demonstrate what they had learned, and many also did independent research each week to learn more about a specific animal we had studied together during the lesson. We had many wonderful discussions about ways we can help save the Earth and all of its species, such as reducing our carbon footprint, reducing our use of single-use plastics, and helping to educate other people in our own communities about what we have learned. The students really seemed to enjoy the club. I think we all learned a lot and hopefully made a positive impact on the world together, and I think we will continue to do so with what we've learned.
Through this project I/we learned:
I learned so much. Through teaching my students, I learned a lot about different species around the globe, threats they're facing, and what we can do to help save them. I also gained important skills such as confidence, leadership, and communication.
What I/we might change:
I plan to run this club again for older students (grades 5-7), and am very excited to do so!
My/our favorite part of this project was:
My favorite part of this project, like last time, was seeing my students so enthusiastic to help the Earth - it was incredibly inspiring. I loved connecting with students from all over the world and hearing their different experiences with nature and conservation. I really enjoyed learning how to make a positive impact on the world together.
Some tips, tricks or fun facts about the project:
For young children, I found that making the learning fun and exciting is a great way to encourage participation and enthusiasm. We learned through videos, discussions, games, trivia, and projects, and the students seemed to really enjoy it.