Many of you know that I teach in a small, rural district in upstate New York. A few weeks ago our department began to build a display entitled “Whitman Wanders The World”….and it has been such a joy to work on!
After posting the picture on Facebook and Twitter, I’ve had a few questions about how we put it together so….here goes:
1. We made a list of all of the students that we could remember who had studied abroad, volunteered for the Peace Corps, been stationed overseas, etc.
2. We put out a call on Facebook for former students to share where they had been.
3. After collecting all of the information that we could, we created a card for each graduate. On the card we wrote:
the graduate’s name
year of graduation
college(s) attended if applicable
military service if applicable
We labeled each card with a sticker that identified how the graduate had travelled: a flag for military service, a star for study abroad, a blue dot for working, a peace sign for Peace Corps, a red dot for Rotary etc.
4. We used a laminated world map and put a smiley face on each country/territory that a Whitman grad had set foot on.
5. Then we simply arranged the cards around the map. It isn’t high tech and it is all hand done…not a fancy project, but definitely a heart-felt one.
Since the pictures have been posted we have had folks send us even more information so now we have more cards to add!!
Our next step is to add blue cards for where staff have studied/ worked/ etc.
It has been so fun to watch the students’ and staff’s reactions to the board. Because so many people stay in the immediate area, and the folks who leave often stay gone, it is really eye-opening to see who has been where!!
I hope that helps any of you interested in this project for your school.