Student Handshake and Heartbreak Mapping


What happens during this time?

Dates: February 8-14, 2016
  1. Students and classes are getting to know one another.
  2. Students are getting to know the topic.

Plans for the Handshake


1. TEACHERS: Add your school name to the Schools page.


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2. STUDENTS: Get to Know Each Other through the School Greeting Page [Student Handshake]


What is a handshake?

A handshake is one of the a global signs of friendship when meeting face to face. When not meeting face to face, we connect as human beings in a way that builds trust and helps others understand our culture. The handshake process is one of two-way communication where we help other classrooms know we are real human beings with similarities and differences from them. See more information on the handshake and resources.

School Greeting Pages

What is a school greeting page?

Each school will create their own greeting page introducing themselves to the other students in the project. It may include a short video, artwork, digital graphics, or any other way that they may introduce themselves to the other schools.

Where does the school greeting page go?

School greeting pages should be linked from school names on the school page. Remember, do not identify any students by name.
  • Suggestion: Let all students edit the wiki page. Use this as the opportunity to join the wiki and check off every student as you verify they have joined. Set up the headings and write the instructions in italics. Teach them to delete instructions after they have completed work on their section.
  • Cooperative Learning Strategy: Divide up groups and jigsaw aspects of your school culture: geography, location, things your school is known for, local interests, things students like to do on the weekends or for hobbies, popular sports, mascot names, accomplishments of your school or classroom.
  • Follow your school rules. While we do not identify students by name on any public sites like this one, follow your school's guidelines for what is allowed to be shared.

TO DO: Add a link to your greeting page from the Schools page so it is ready for your students. Add to the page so they know what they are adding.

3. TEACHERS: Add your class times and times you can't collaborate to the Classtimes Calendar. See if you can schedule a meetup with another classroom.


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What is the classtimes calendar? Teachers can add their class times for the project to the Google Calendar. You will also add your exams, breaks, and another other dates when you will be unable to collaborate with other classrooms.
How do I get an invitation? Please contact lisa@coolcatteacher.com if you have not received your invitation to the class times calendar.
What do we do with the classtimes calendar?
When you see an overlap between you and another teacher's class, contact the teacher to see if you can connect via the method of your choice. If you want to connect via zoom room, contact Lisa Durff to be set up.

How to Set up a Live Event with Another Classroom


1. If you see an overlap between your classroom and another one on the project, contact the other teacher to see if you can connect.
2. Put the handshake event on the classtimes calendar with start and end times.
3. Give a courtesy email to project organizers so they can let everyone know.

Options for Meeting with Other Classrooms:


  • Google Hangout
  • Skype
  • Zoom Room (Contact Lisa Durff for setup for this)

What do you do during a live event?


  • Prior to the meeting, determine with the other teacher what you'll be sharing and the questions you'll be asking each other.
  • Plan ahead which students will address each topic.
  • You may also have students submit questions for the other classroom to answer and share those.
  • TOPICS should be those that help students either: a) get to understand the other culture or b) facilitate the aims of the project (for example, they can share some of their heartbreaks and why)


4. STUDENTS: Map Your Heartbreak


Related Pages: Student Heartbreak Mapping Page | Handshake and Heartbreak Mapping Lesson Plans
Related Tutorials: How to Add a Heartbreak Topic Page

What is mapping your heartbreak?

Mapping your heartbreak is a method developed by Angela Maiers. Many teachers have followed this method in order to help students share what breaks their heart about the world.

Where will heartbreak maps go?

A. The Main Page will Have Links to All of the Student Topics

How do you add a topic to the main page?
We will post major topics on the Student Heartbreak Mapping Page.


So, if your students brainstorm about their heartbreak maps, and say they want to map a heartbreak about bullying, then you, as the teacher would make a link to a page for bullying on the student heartbreak map page. Tutorial How to Make a New Page on the Wiki.

B. Individual Heartbreak Topic Pages

What will go on this page?
On the Heartbreak topic page, students will write text, share their graphics and their heartbreak maps to talk about what breaks their heart about the world.
How do you make this page?
The first time a student clicks on the page, there will be an option to make a new blank page or to use a template. Please use the Student Heartbreak template. Teachers may choose to click on the new page and apply the template when they make the page to prevent problems.

Wiki Editing Tips:

Note that kids will be editing the pages at the same time, in some cases. For this reason, we teach students to edit in small moments of time and not to leave the page open as they research. If someone else is editing the page, then click cancel as they edit.


See Angela Maier's Map Your Heartbreak Page for More information on this process

What is mapping your heartbreak?

Mapping your heartbreak is a method developed by Angela Maiers. Many teachers have followed this method in order to help students share what breaks their heart about the world.

Where will heartbreak maps go?


A. The Main Page will Have Links to All of the Student Topics

How do you add a topic to the main page?
We will post major topics on the Student Heartbreak Mapping Page.


So, if your students brainstorm about their heartbreak maps, and say they want to map a heartbreak about bullying, then you, as the teacher would make a link to a page for bullying on the student heartbreak map page. Tutorial How to Make a New Page on the Wiki

B. Individual Heartbreak Topic Pages

What will go on this page?
On the Heartbreak topic page, students will write text, share their graphics and their heartbreak maps to talk about what breaks their heart about the world.

How do you make this page?
The first time a student clicks on the page, there will be an option to make a new blank page or to use a template. Please use the Student Heartbreak template. Teachers may choose to click on the new page and apply the template when they make the page to prevent problems.

Wiki Editing Tips:
Note that kids will be editing the pages at the same time, in some cases. For this reason, we teach students to edit in small moments of time and not to leave the page open as they research. If someone else is editing the page, then click cancel as they edit.
See Angela Maier's Map Your Heartbreak Page for More information on this process




Synchronous Connections (When Possible)

Dates: February 8-14, 2016