This fall, KQED launched a Youth Media Challenge. The topic? Something I've been passionate about and have encouraged my students to be passionate about, as well: Stepping Up.
It’s a message I deliver often in my classroom: Step up. Get behind something that you’re passionate about. Seek to make a difference. It doesn’t matter whether you seek to improve the school, the city, the state, country, or the planet. Just try to bring about some kind of change for the better and then, at the end of the term, be prepared to share what you did and how you did it. That’s what I tell my students.
Many of my students have responded to my challenge in remarkable and noteworthy ways. I know there are students everywhere taking actions big and small to effect change. And so many of those inspiring stories are just waiting to be shared and used as sparks to motivate others to action. That’s why I’ll be sharing KQED’s Youth Media Challenge about Stepping Up with my students, asking them to share in a video, audio, or written piece, an issue or event that sparked them to act, and what they are doing about it.
The first student that I am going to encourage to take KQED’s Youth Media Challenge is junior Jinze Wu. Here’s how she has stepped up:
This semester, Jinze Wu gave an outstanding, ten-minute, college professor-like Google Slideshow presentation to the students enrolled in my first period Honors US History class.
Jinze’s presentation was entitled The Battle off Samar and it was dedicated to Bob DeSpain, a survivor of the World War II Battle off Samar. This battle was the centermost action of the Battle of Leyte Gulf — one of the largest naval battles in history — and it took place in the Philippine Sea off Samar Island in the Philippines on October 25, 1944.