Change your environment

An activity to strengthening the student’s shared responsibility for the class and school environment

In the first part of the activity, the students split into several groups and discuss whether there are places in the classroom or school that they dislike for some reason or find objectionable. Then they walk about the school with their mobile phones or school cameras and document what they do not like in the school building – in the classrooms, halls, changing room, gymnasium, etc.
The second part of the activity is creating presentations, in which the photos are to be complemented by short comments. Following the presentations, each group submits suggestions how to improve or change what they think is wrong. Their suggestions can also focus on areas not related to the photos they presented. The presentations are then sent to the school management. They are to be used as background for discussion.
Discussion is the final part of the activity. The students try to defend their opinions and attitudes, and the school management points out what can be changed and in what time horizon. When presenting the ideas, it is necessary to differentiate what is real from what is unlikely.

How this resource relates to Shaping Characters objectives

  • Attitudes and attributes
  • Education techniques
  • Motivation and resilience

Actual outcomes

Strengthening the student’s shared responsibility for the class and school environment

Qualities focused on – Attentiveness, responsibility


Resources required

Camera, mobile phone, computer

Time needed

2 units at school, individual homework

What could have been done differently or is planned for future repeats?

I thought the students would focus more on what they alone could improve or change. But they were mostly interested in what could be purchased, especially the issues regarding the school cafeteria, drinks machines, Wi-Fi network, etc. Some suggestions were out of touch with the reality. On the other hand, the students accepted the principal’s opinions and projects planned for the near future. They admitted that a lot changed for the good during their time in school.

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