New Youtube video: The Order of the Trees Launch

While the audio is not super high quality, here is part of the official Vermont launch of The Order of the Trees on May 1st, 2015. I was so lucky to have over 50 Middlesex community members (including many K-8 students!) in the audience on this fine day. You can get a sense of the story and what The Order of the Trees actually is.

Please let me know what you think and feel free to share this video to spread the word about the power of friendship, the importance of forests, and how kids can make a difference in their own communities.

Writing for a Cause: adolescent activism

bother listI had the privilege of leading a workshop at the Kellogg Hubbard Library a few weeks ago. Because I teach 6th grade, I have a deep affection for the spirit and heart of middle grade students. I happen to know that this age students has a fierce passion for social justice. They just need some support and direction. This is why I feel so strongly about service learning and helping these students channel their energy into something good. It’s why I wrote Change the World with Service Learning and it’s why I led this workshop.

I started with having students list their “bothers.” ¬†What is wrong with the world? What do you want to change? What makes you mad, keeps you up? Here’s what we came up with:

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