Are you a teacher interested in using the maac program with your students? Below is a brief description of the program to give you a sense of what it's like. We provide a full guide (as free, downloadable pdfs), with worksheets, slides, and other resources to help teachers implement the maac program in their classrooms.
week 1: Introduction
Are you happy with the ways adults are running the show? What would you do differently? This session introduces different themes to trigger ideas and possible actions for change. Specific examples are given. This week is designed to plant the seed that everyone can be a change-maker, to get students excited about the program and motivated to continue.
week 2: idea generation
This week is designed to generate ideas of possible actions for change. The rules of brainstorming are explained, the goal as a class is to come up with 50 different ideas. In groups of 4 with sets of post-its, students try to come up with as many ideas as possible, based on the themes presented in previous session.
week 3: idea selection
In groups of 4, students choose 3-5 ideas from the 50 ideas generated as a class. Each group then makes a pitch for why the idea can make a difference. This transforms the "it's only a drop in the ocean" feeling to a "wow, if we all recycled one plastic cup a day, it really makes a difference!" Students frame the solution in terms of the impact they will have.
week 4: Destination postcard
Each student or pair of students chooses 1 idea to work on. They write a destination postcard of what situation will look like when they’ve succeeded. This is key for goal setting, and will motivate students and help keep them on path. In pairs, students also play the "Positive Consequences" game where they think up ways in which small actions can have big effects.
WEEK 5 : Action plan
Using goal-setting tools, students construct a step-by-step action plan, with specific, measurable, actionable, realistic, and timely goals to get them on their way. Depending on teacher preferences, this can also be done using mind-maps or other worksheets (all provided).
Week 6: communication
Students write a 3-4 sentence description of their project. They identify 3 media sources (school facebook page, local newspaper, local radio station) and find three contact addresses. They send their description to the contact addresses. This is all provided on worksheets to make the steps easier.
Week 7: GO!
Depending on the group and the projects, this week can be extended to several weeks to carry out the steps described in the students' action plans.
Week 8: Future steps
Students exchange on where they are in their projects and where they will go in the near and distant future. Students pair up to build accountability buddies and timelines for carrying their projects forward.