by Ani This term 7th graders have been working hard on The Pay It Forward Project. This has been a culminating project that is central to the 7th-grade theme of creating “positive change from the ground up.” Students worked to develop their own individual voices and learned to advocate for the rights and needs of others. Seventh graders chose issues they found personally meaningful that were rooted in Washington and then crafted multiple ways to express their understanding and ideas for solutions. Each student worked to make a change starting at “the faucet” level by identifying, researching, and addressing the root causes of the issue.
Throughout the term, students learned and practiced skills that supported them as they assumed the role of activists. Students used class time to accomplish an impressive number of tasks. They developed independent research skills and collected their research on note cards from multiple sources. They considered the difference between a root cause and an observable problem and created an “Issue Tree” poster to reflect those identified root causes and impacts. Students developed empathy by recognizing and reflecting on multiple perspectives. Students created a stakeholder analysis where they looked at who does and doesn't hold power in their issue, and who might benefit from the system staying the same and the system changing.
Students and families will come together on May 24th at 6:30pm to celebrate all their hard work. At this culmination, students will show their learning creatively in multiple ways. They have created an illustrated children’s book; written a persuasive opinion editorial, and produced infographics to communicate powerful data. We look forward to celebrating the hard work of the 7th grade and seeing all the wonderful learning and connections that students make with this program.
Located in the Central District, Seattle Girls' School is an independent school for girls and gender nonconforming students in grades 5-8. Our mission is to inspire and develop courageous leaders who think independently, work collaboratively, learn joyfully, and champion change.