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Heather is a Primary Teacher from Canada who works as teacher in London through Protocol Education. Here she shares her ideas on teaching outside of the curriculum.

Guinness Book of World Records

When given some extra time in the library, do yourself a favour and pull out the Guiness Book of World Records. While not many have changed over time (except for over-excelling technological advances) the records are unfathomable tools to use in your classroom. Not only is it a great ‘did you know’ book, but some of the ideas are just outstanding. For example, there was a man in Canada who was an online blogger – he started with a red paper clip and traded it for a pen. Over the course of 12 months, he traded items back and forth increasing in value until he traded a small role in a movie for a house in Saskatchewan!


Granted, Saskatchewan, Canada might not be everyone’s ideal settlement, but the idea of trading something of value to each individual is different. What a great way to introduce our own importance placed on values in our lives. Couldn’t this make a great lesson – discussing what things are and how to determine something’s worth?! How about asking students to come up with their own ideas for a record they could break? The ideas are countless with something as simple as the book even we remember racing for a glance at.

The Landfill Harmonic Orchestra

If you take a look on a Google search for ‘The Landfill harmonic Orchestra’, there is a further example of people who have benefited from the rubbish that we (and our students) throw out daily! Now all of a sudden, there are ACTUAL examples of giving people opportunities with our so called junk. What we discard can change someone’s life and enable them to live and feel human. While the creation of instruments out of complete garbage is taking ‘reuse’ to the next level, it allows students to empathize with those who have nothing, and thus start valuing what they DO have.


A lot of people these days think of this generation as one that feels entitlement. Why not explain to them and let them make the connection between self worth and development as a result of their differences and contributions. Open their eyes to other elements of life, and start revealing information that makes them question the world they live in and challenge its constructs.


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