This I Believe 7th Grade Coffee House a Big Success!
The This I Believe “Coffee House” was an event hosted by the 7th grade English Language Arts teachers. This symposium allowed students to share their personal narratives, experiences, and beliefs with their peers. The idea came from the 1950s radio broadcast series by NPR. org, which featured acclaimed journalist, Edward R. Murrow. McCarthyism, the Cold War, and racial division were some of the issues that the United States faced during that time. So, Americans from different walks of life would share their beliefs with the nation in order to unify it. Renown athletes like Jackie Robinson to ordinary, everyday people would take the time to write “This I Believe” essays based on their core values. The teachers thought that the forum would empower the students in new, exciting ways: they would be able to hear their peers’ stories as well as understand the varying perspectives.
It was truly a success! The 7th graders were able to present their essays in front of parents, students, and faculty members without feeling criticized. Every student was mature as well as understanding of his/her classmates. We hope to have this event again in the future. We know that by sharing and celebrating our differences, we can continue to improve the world: one person at a time.