Em uma época de ansiedade, medo e muitas más notícias, a classe do Jardim de Infância decidiu se concentrar nas boas notícias.
O projeto inteiro começou com uma lição de empatia.
It all started when the Kindergarten students watched a news report about a four-year-old girl who was frustrated with confinement. She cried and vented her exasperation about having her dance classes cancelled. When Ms. Michelle and Ms. Clara asked their students if they ever felt like this girl, the response was immediate: they knew exactly how the girl felt. They too had missed out on birthday parties, playdates, and trips to see their grandparents.
They talked about the range of emotions experienced during confinement (fear, sadness, anger, frustration), how we individually dealt with our feelings, and how there is comfort in knowing others can relate.While the lesson on empathy was a success, Ms. Michelle and Ms. Clara wanted to end on a more upbeat note. They came up with the idea of ‘sending a hug’ to someone who may be feeling frustrated or lonely from confinement (much like we had felt).
This focus on positivity and good news was also inspired by a web series called Some Good News which was created during the first months of confinement by American actor, John Krasinski. From his home he broadcasted “a news show dedicated entirely to good news.” He encouraged the public to look for good news and share it with others. That is exactly what Class KG was doing.
Alguns estudantes escreveram para vizinhos aqui na Bélgica e outros escreveram para parentes tão distantes como Áustria, Israel, Turquia, Canadá e Estados Unidos. Sabíamos que o correio seria lento, então também escrevemos para alguns de nossos professores e funcionários do ECC na esperança de receber boas notícias mais rapidamente. Os alunos fizeram uma caixa de correio e a colocaram do lado de fora da porta da sala de aula. Vimos clipes de Algumas Boas Notícias do Krasinski e decidimos que poderíamos ser repórteres também. Podíamos fazer um noticiário das boas notícias que chegavam em nossa caixa de correio; podíamos espalhar a positividade também.
Ao longo de várias semanas, os estudantes trabalharam na criação de uma redação. Eles usaram sua imaginação, criatividade e habilidade de resolução de problemas para fazer adereços (um escritório de redação, mesa, computador, telefone, relógio, microfones, câmeras de vídeo e letreiros).
Os adereços, feitos de papelão e materiais reciclados de nosso Makerspace, foram montados na área aberta e utilizados para jogos dramáticos. Os estudantes interpretaram o papel de repórteres ou entrevistados para que estivessem prontos para filmar.
Gradualmente começamos a receber cartas. Descobrimos histórias sobre coisas maravilhosas acontecendo em nosso próprio prédio (como Oscar na pré-escola que recolhe varas da ciclovia na floresta para que as bicicletas não caiam) e histórias de parentes em outros países (como o avô de Ori em Israel que resgatou 30 gatos).
“It was lovely to hear stories about simple things that sometimes get overlooked but bring joy (such as walks with grandma or the rain that helps our gardens grow). Other stories were of gratitude (such as clapping for the health care workers every evening) and many more were about helping others (donating time or goods, sharing food or flowers). Each student chose a story to report on and practiced what they wanted to say. We took our props to the green screen room where we then recorded our newscast. There was so much excitement on set! The students were proud of what they had created. It felt very ‘real’ and purposeful. With the help of one of the PreK interns (Denise Kik) the video clips were then edited into ‘Some Good News – International School of Brussels – Kindergarten Edition’ and was shared with the community. The video was a resounding success. We shared it with all of the KG families and the ECC community. ECC teachers shared the video with their classes and many students were delighted to recognize their teachers and friends. Many commented on how much they enjoyed the uplifting, joyful and inspiring message. They liked being reminded that there is good news out there and that they too can have a positive impact on others by doing simple gestures. Letters of good news continue to appear in our mailbox. Students in a first grade class wrote letters sharing their good news and a second grade class sent us a video in which they gave KG a round of applause. We still need to stay in our class ‘bubbles’ but this project has been a wonderful way to bring our community together.”Sra. Michelle Gonzalles, professora do Jardim de Infância em ISB