Common Sense Kids began when 4th grade teacher, Cortney Campbell of Warren T. Jackson Elementary in Atlanta, GA, sought out to motivate her students with a persuasive writing topic she knew they would love. That weekend she had watched the Apple Education Summit and learned for the first time how iPad technology was replacing textbooks in schools. A few days later, as she was teaching her students about Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” and the impact he had on American independence, it clicked!
Watch their video, is really is a thought-provoking video.
One item as I watched the video stood out to me:
The belief that they can and will make a difference.
I believe in what they are doing and it makes complete common sense to me. I enjoyed watching the kids talk as they laid out a well thought out case for the reason of moving away from paper school books and into digital school books.
Their belief in what they are going for in my view is strengthened by being in an environment that allows them to believe that they can make a difference. Their intensity of seeing this change happen comes not from a state of mind but from emotion which is where true intensity comes from.
I would like to learn more about Cortney Campbell their teacher. What a great class environment she must have created. The emotions in theses kids were stirred in such a way to unleash the intensity of belief for change that was then converted into action to produce this video.
How do you foster an environment of those you lead to believe they can and will make a difference? How do invite others to connect their emotions and convert it into intense passion to make a difference?
You can also click on over and find out more about Common Sense Kids here.