June 16, 2016
Sixth graders make a positive impact with "It Takes a
Sixth graders at Village Elementary School recently
presented their It Takes a Village projects, formerly known
as Power of One, to audiences throughout the school. It
Takes a Village is a long-term project where students
research an issue that matters to them. They use the
International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme Design
Cycle to develop a solution that positively impacts their
Some of the topics included: media bias, gender inequality
in sports, technology addiction, cyber bulling, effects of
social media, women's rights and many more. Students
reflected on the process they engaged in to research and
develop an idea, create a solution and determine its impact.
The students showed their thinking when they were planning,
implementing and evaluating their ideas. More specifically,
they discussed the global context of their topic, how they
arrived at their topic, the
audience they chose and why, their product, how their
product is effective, useful data they found and why the
data is useful, things they did well in the process and
things they would do differently.
The first group of students presented to an audience of
teachers, administrators and parents. The following week,
other groups presented to fifth grade classes.
Left, Katie Korzenieski and Shelby McGranaghan present
their It Takes a Village project on cyber bullying.