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#WarmUpWednesdays: Global Education Rankings

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What is #WarmUpWednesdays?

-#WarmUPWednesdays provides teachers with simple warm up activities to get their class thinking critically about their learning and motivate students to be active learners.

Learning Objectives

-Students will actively be engaged in creative writing, expressing the student’s thoughts on a specific topic.

-Guided by the Teacher, students will conduct an open discussion about their thoughts on the featured segment.

Supplemental Materials

-Students will need a writing utensil and paper. If this will be a weekly activity, a notebook is suggested for students to keep all of their quick writes in.

-Every post will supply the featured segment as an image, auditory piece or quote

How it works, in 5 easy steps.

  1. Teachers, allow your students 30secs to 1min to view the image, audio clip, or quote provided on the post.
  2. After your students have viewed the image, audio clip, or quote, allow them to conduct a 5min quick write answering the topic question provided on the post. (Don’t know what a quick write is? Click on our quick write link on the blog for more info)
  3. After the 5mins are up, students are to stop writing and are no longer to add to their papers.
  4. Teachers, engage your students in a guided discussion calling on a few students to share their thoughts on the featured segment.
  5. Share your #WarmUPWednesday experience by sharing a photo of quick writes on social media.

Step 1: Make a Hypothesis:

Students – Before you view today’s images, consider the following.  Every few years, a global organization, the OECD, conducts an international student assessment in the areas of math, reading, and science among 15-year-old students.  Based on the results, the OECD ranks the performance of all the countries.  You are going to see the results for math, science, and reading from 2012.  But before you do, take a moment and write down your guess for where the United States ranks in each of the three subjects (math, science, and reading) out of a total of 37 countries.

Step 2: View the 2012 Rankings:

Let’s see how your hypotheses measured up to the 2012 rankings!

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These are the 2012 Reading scores for boys.  Out of the 37 countries on this chart, the United States ranks 16th.  This is only slightly above the average of all the countries.

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Now look at the 2012 Reading scores for girls.  The United States ranks 16th out of 37 countries.  While boys in the US read above the international average, girls in the US read below the international average.

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These are the 2012 Science scores for boys.  The United States ranks 22nd out of 37 – below the international average.

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These are the 2012 Science scores for girls.  The United States ranks 19th out of 37 countries.  This is below the international average.  However, girls in the US rank higher in science than boys in the US.

 

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These are the 2012 scores in Mathematics for boys.  The United States ranks 27th out of 37 countries.  This is well below the international average.

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Finally, consider the 2012 Mathematics scores for girls.  The United States ranks 25th out of 37 countries.  This is well below the international average.  However, as with science, girls in the US outperform their male counterparts when it comes to mathematics.

Step 3: Reflect:

Now that you have viewed the results, take a few minutes to reflect on what you have seen.  How do these scores make you feel about education in the United States?  How accurate were your predictions? What do you think makes other countries different from the US that allows them to rank much higher?

 

Thank you for participating in HUGS #WarmUPWednesdays!  Share your photos on social media! We can’t wait to see them!. If you have questions or want to develop curriculum with us, please contact chantel@givemorehugs.org.

 

References

OECD (2015). Mathematics performance (PISA) (indicator). Accessed July 14, 2015.

doi: 10.1787/04711c74-en

OECD (2015). Reading performance (PISA) (indicator). Accessed July 14, 2015

doi: 10.1787/79913c69-en

OECD (2015). Science performance (PISA) (indicator). Accessed July 14, 2015.

doi: 10.1787/91952204-en

Raise Your Voice: Study hard and the work will pay off

Written by Amber Padilla

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Simone Fortin, a New York educator and Give More Hugs ambassador, expresses her views on quality education and provides students 5 helpful tips to encourage learning around the world.

What does quality education mean to you?

Quality education is very important as it is a staple for the growth and love of learning for children. I believe that quality education not only means a child learning, but valuing and taking pride in what they have learned and taking that knowledge to do great things. Everyone deserves a quality education no matter what the race, religion, sexuality, or gender. We are all human and we all want to learn.

If you could give youth advice about their educational journey, what would it be? List 5 tips for youth.

1. To all the youth, take your education seriously because wherever you go you will need it.
2. Never give up, even when you lose all hope because there is always light at the end of the tunnel. If there is a topic you don’t understand, don’t stress about it, take a breather, and try a new method that might work for you.
3. Study hard and the work will pay off. Use all the resources given to you and even then some because they were given to you for a reason
4. There is always help when you need it whether it be from your friends, teachers, or parents or someone you trust. They will listen if you are having problems or if you don’t understand something.
5. Have a positive attitude and you are halfway there. If you go into a test with a positive attitude, you will have more confidence that you will do better and will stress less.

Interested in raising your voice for quality education?
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12 Days of Joy in Dominica

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JOY! This one word creates many happy memories for us at Give More HUGS! We are filled with JOY because of our generous supporters, the smiles we see firsthand when we deliver supplies, and the laughter we see when we work with classrooms and communities.

We are excited to share 12 days of Joy from our recent HUGS for Dominica Service Trip. We would like to thank each of you for helping us provide support for the children in Dominica.  Our team and volunteers had a successful service trip filled with lots of HUGS, 8 school visits, and literacy community events.  Each day in Dominica was amazing! We cannot wait to share the 12 Days of Joy in Dominica (Starting on Monday, December 7, 2015). Stay tuned! Each day we will share a photo and story about the trip. Follow us on social media to receive an inspirational photo and story on the 12 Days of Joy!

Give More HUGS would like to wish our generous supporters and friends a wonderful and joyous holiday season! None of this was possible without YOU!  Let’s continue to help change lives, one student at a time!

 

#WarmUpWednesdays: Literacy

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What is #WarmUpWednesdays?

–#WarmUPWednesdays provides teachers with simple warm up activities to get their class thinking critically about their learning and motivate students to be active learners.

Learning Objectives

-Students will actively be engaged in creative writing, expressing the student’s thoughts on a specific topic.

-Guided by the Teacher, students will conduct an open discussion about their thoughts on the featured segment.

Supplemental Materials

-Students will need a writing utensil and paper. If this will be a weekly activity, a notebook is suggested for students to keep all of their quick writes in.

-Every post will supply the featured segment as an image, auditory piece or quote

How it works, in 5 easy steps.

  1. Teachers, allow your students 30secs to 1min to view the image, audio clip, or quote provided on the post.
  2. After your students have viewed the image, audio clip, or quote, allow them to conduct a 5min quick write answering the topic question provided on the post. (Don’t know what a quick write is? Click on our quick write link on the blog for more info)
  3. After the 5mins are up, students are to stop writing, and are no longer to add to their papers.
  4. Teachers, engage your students in a guided discussion calling on a few students to share their thoughts on the featured segment.
  5. Share your #WarmUPWednesday experience by sharing a photo of quick writes on social media.

 

Literacy Quote:

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

-Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Quote Question:

What are the benefits of reading? Do you think students gain enough from reading just by completing their school assignments?

Literacy Image:

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Image Question:

What are some of the pros and cons of “going digital” to read?  

Thank you for participating in HUGS #WarmUPWednesdays!  Share your photos on social media! We can’t wait to see them!. If you have questions or want to develop curriculum with us, please contact chantel@givemorehugs.org.

References

Anderson, M. (2015). Book cartoon #6615. [Cartoon] Andertoons. Retrieved fromhttp://www.andertoons.com/book/cartoon/6615/would-not-believe-battery-life-on-thing-reading-for-weeks

Seuss, Dr. (1990). Oh, the places you’ll go! New York: Random House. Print.

Give Back with Give More HUGS on Giving Tuesday

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Join Give More HUGS on Giving Tuesday to help underprivileged students in the United States and Caribbean receive the much needed tools and inspiration to succeed in their education. At Give More HUGS we provide educational materials, books, art supplies, sports equipment, leadership development, mentorships, extracurricular scholarships, and inspiration to help underprivileged students develop a lifelong passion for learning, reading, and creativity.  Click here to learn more about our programs.  Together we can help and inspire students who need it the most.  We want to make it as easy as possible for anyone to help underprivileged students to succeed inside and outside of the classroom.

We hope you can take time out of your busy schedule to give back and change lives this Giving Tuesday.  Here are few easy ways to help change lives, one student at a time!

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  • Like Give More HUGS on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest)
  • Tell the world why you are thankful for your education on social media and be sure to use the hashtags #GiveHUGSGiveTHANKS and #GivingTuesday so we can read your post.
  • Print the Give More HUGS #givingtuesday sign, write why you support Give More HUGS, and share a photo of yourself holding the sign on social media. We can’t wait to see what our HUGS Ambassadors and generous supporters have to say!  
  • Buy a t-shirt to give a book and hope to a child this holiday season!
  • Share our Facebook page on your personal page to enter a raffle. Top 25 social media supporters will receive a chance to win a special Give More HUGS prize. :)
  • Tell a student leader about the HUGS Ambassador program, and ask them to apply.
  • Participate in the #GiveHUGSGiveTHANKS Challenge.
  • Provide students 5 tips to help them along their educational journey by filling out the#RaiseYourVoice4Ed entry (seriously it only takes 2 minutes).
  • Donate to support quality education for all and help change lives, one student at a time.


We hope that you join us on Giving Tuesday to help spread the Give More HUGS mission!  To date, we have impacted over 4,000 students’ lives! With your help and support we can continue to change lives, one student at a time! Let the giving and hugging begin!

Raise Your Voice: Dream big!

Written by Amber Padilla

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Sossy Vega, a marketing and communications professional, a quality education advocate, and a women who works in the Supreme Court of Justice of the Dominican Republic, expresses her views on quality education and provides students 5 helpful tips to encourage learning around the world.

What does quality education mean to you?

Quality education means that children and youth have the right tools to complete their learning process at school each and every day, as well as a safe environment to make that happen. It also means that school authorities, government and families are working in sync to provide an education system that works for the country´s present and future generations.

If you could give youth advice about their educational journey, what would it be? List 5 tips for youth.

1. Dream big! You can do whatever you like and become whoever you want. Don´t let anybody tell you, you can´t do it.
2. Spend time reading a lot, watching documentaries and talking to people with interesting ideas and thoughts. That way you´ll open your eyes and be more inspired.
3. Be curious. Ask a lot of questions and don´t be afraid of creating a good and close relationship with your teachers.
4. Learn new languages. The younger you are the better to learn new languages. Also, knowing more means you will have better opportunities in the future.
5. Enjoy teamwork. Knowing how to manage different people and their strengths and weaknesses is a sign of maturity and intelligence. Also, working in a group is a good way to practice leadership and, of course, it’s more fun!

Interested in raising your voice for quality education? We want YOU!!! Click here to submit a blog post today.

Give HUGS Give THANKS 2015: Signing Books for Love!

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It’s the holiday season! A time to spend with those closest to you. It’s a time to be thankful. All of us at Give More HUGS are thankful for our education and the opportunity to learn something new everyday. Unfortunately, there are many children that do not have the opportunity to receive a quality education and the chance to have their very own book or little library of books. Wouldn’t it be great if we could help give #bookHUGS to students in need to SPARK the love for reading this year?

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Do the #GiveHUGSGiveTHANKS challenge! All it takes is YOU, and a group of friends or family members to write inspirational messages inside used or new books that you can part with and give to students in need. Give More BOOKS to those who need them the most, especially underprivileged children in your community!   Your support and participation will give students around the world a chance to own a book and fall in love with reading!  Send our lovely Sossy an e-mail if you have any questions. E-mail her at sossy@givemorehugs.org.


1. Like and Share Give More HUGS on Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, &Pinterest).

2.  Share our recent post about the #GiveHUGSGiveThanksChallenge.

3. Write a short Facebook, Instagram or Twitter inspirational post expressing your gratitude for your educational journey and motivating others to participate in this challenge. You must tag Give More Hugs on Facebook (@GiveMoreHUGS), Twitter (@hugsnonprofit) or Instagram (@GiveMoreHugsorg) and don’t forget to use the hashtag #giveHUGSgivethanks. Motivate your friends to do it as well or, even better, do it together!

4.  Gather a group of friends or family members to write inspirational messages in used books that you can part with and give to a student in need. Give More BOOKS to those who need them most, especially underprivileged children in your communities! Share your pictures or thoughts about this experience and don’t forget to tag Give More Hugs and use the hashtag #giveHUGSgivethanks. 

5.  Make a donation to our Book Share program by purchasing one or more Give HUGS Give Thanks challenge t-shirts designed by our awesome Graphics team. Buy yours to give a book and hope to a student in need. Buy yours HERE!

We are EAGER to see you participate in our “Give HUGS Give THANKS challenge 2015: Signing Books for Love”. Share your pictures on social media and don’t forget to use the hashtags #GiveHUGSgiveTHANKS2015 and #GiveMoreHUGS.

Raise Your Voice: When it comes to making connections and networking, don’t be shy

Written by Amber Padilla

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Haley Rhodes, a Texas Security Studies, and Analysis student, expresses her views on quality education and provides students 5 helpful tips to encourage learning around the world.

What does quality education mean to you?

To me quality education means giving each and every student an opportunity to be the best they can be. It means providing students with whatever resources that they need in order to help them achieve their goals.

If you could give youth advice about their educational journey, what would it be? List 5 tips for youth.

1. It doesn’t cost anything to be nice.
2. When it comes to making connections and networking, don’t be shy.
3. Don’t pass up educational opportunities, even if they sound boring at first.
4. Don’t take for granted the opportunity you have to be in school! It’s over before you know it.
5. Maintain the friendships you make in school! These are the friendships that will last.

Interested in raising your voice for quality education? We want YOU!!! Click here to submit a blog post today.

#WarmUpWednesdays: Gender Equality

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What is #WarmUpWednesdays?

–#WarmUPWednesdays provides teachers with simple warm up activities to get their class thinking critically about their learning and motivate students to be active learners.

Learning Objectives

-Students will actively be engaged in creative writing, expressing the student’s thoughts on a specific topic.

-Guided by the Teacher, students will conduct an open discussion about their thoughts on the featured segment.

Supplemental Materials

-Students will need a writing utensil and paper. If this will be a weekly activity, a notebook is suggested for students to keep all of their quick writes in.

-Every post will supply the featured segment as an image, auditory piece or quote

How it works, in 5 easy steps.

  1. Teachers, allow your students 30secs to 1min to view the image, audio clip, or quote provided on the post.
  2. After your students have viewed the image, audio clip, or quote, allow them to conduct a 5min quick write answering the topic question provided on the post. (Don’t know what a quick write is? Click on our quick write link on the blog for more info)
  3. After the 5mins are up, students are to stop writing, and are no longer to add to their papers.
  4. Teachers, engage your students in a guided discussion calling on a few students to share their thoughts on the featured segment.
  5. Share your #WarmUPWednesday experience by sharing a photo of quick writes on social media.

Gender Equality Quote:

“I am from Britain and think it is right that as a woman I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I should be able to make decisions about my own body. I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and decision-making of my country. I think it is right that socially I am afforded the same respect as men. But sadly I can say that there is no one country in the world where all women can expect to receive these rights.”

-Emma Watson, UN HeForShe Speech

Gender Equality Images

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Discussion Questions:

  1. What are some of the major obstacles in achieving gender equality?
  2. The UN Women ad campaign provides examples of stereotypes facing women. What do you think would come up if you typed into Google: “Men cannot…,” “Men need to…,” “Men should…,” and “Men shouldn’t…?”

Thank you for participating in HUGS #WarmUPWednesdays!  Share your photos on social media! We can’t wait to see them! If you have questions or want to develop curriculum with us, please contact chantel@givemorehugs.org.

References

N.A. (2013). UN Women ad series reveals widespread sexism. UN Women. Retrieved 26 June 2015 from http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2013/10/women-should-ads

Watson, E. (2014, September). Gender equality is your issue too. Speech presented at a special event for the HeForShe Campaign, United Nations Headquarters, New York.

Raise Your Voice: DON’T think learning is “too cool”

Written by Amber Padilla

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Amber Padilla, a Texas educator, Curriculum Development Coordinator for Give More HUGS expresses her views on quality education and provides students 5 helpful tips to encourage learning around the world.

What does quality education mean to you?

What quality education means to me is, everyone regardless of race, religion, social economic status, or disabilities gets an equal chance at a greater education; given equal opportunities that will allow one to reach their full potential.

If you could give youth advice about their educational journey, what would it be? List 5 tips for youth.

1. DON’T be afraid to ask QUESTIONS!! ASK! ASK! ASK!
2. If there are study sessions GO TO THEM!
3. DON’T think learning is “too cool”
4. ALWAYS have fun and relate material to what YOU know. After all, our best knowledge is through OUR experiences
5. REMEMBER. “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” – Albert Einstein

Interested in raising your voice for quality education? We want YOU!!! Click here to submit a blog post today.