This year, I wanted to push my Drama Two curriculum, which includes a focus on
world drama. As part of the process, I decided to pair the class with a World Wise
Schools active Peace Corps Volunteer Stephanie Edwards. The students had
previously researched a unit of non-Western theatre and taught the class, focusing
on their findings.
Once paired with Stephanie, my students received videos she had prepared,
showcasing information about her time in the Peace Corps, the local (Guarini)
culture of her village in Paraguay, and other videos relating to what Stephanie was
doing to help improve people’s lives. With each video, my students watched via
Google Classroom, and then wrote a response, leading to larger class discussions
later. My kids also sent Stephanie several email introductions and questions, and
later video interviews. After one video on Guarani myths, my students performed
their own interpretation of the myths.
The most rewarding part of our WWS exchange was when the students got to meet
Stephanie in person. She took a brief vacation, and used one of her vacation days to
come to our school, where she spoke to the kids, shared photos and a native drink
from Paraguay, answered questions, and even presented one of the lessons she’s
worked with in her host village. My principal attended and all of the kids really felt
that the exchange was rewarding and a great way to end our partnership.
I thoroughly enjoyed how WWS gave my students a unique and personal
perspective into another part of the world. I have already registered next year’s
class to participate in WWS again.