Difference Maker Matt Murrie of "What If?... 360°"

This week included the first presentation of our Difference Makers Series. Thursday’s workshops with Matt Murrie in grades 1-8 truly highlighted all the lessons our students learned from Sydney Brouillard-Coyle's talk about not being our afraid to get involved and “get our boots dirty."
Utilizing the What If...? 360 workshop model with first and second graders, Mr. Murrie got students working together to think about what the world would look like if the impossible were, indeed, possible. In third through eighth grades, Matt discussed with students the three elements of becoming a difference maker: passion, curiosity and the ability to identify problems or issues that you would like to see solved. Students collaborated to answer the question: “What if we could combine our passion for _____, with our curiosity about _____, to solve the problem of/about _____?”  Students were engaged, thoughtful, and creative about generating problems they are passionate about solving.
 
These workshops were the first of many discussions about ways to “get our own boots dirty” and to be a difference maker in the world.
Located in Los Angeles, CA, Berkeley Hall School is a private, coeducational school for students in preschool through grade 8. Rigorous academics in a supportive atmosphere and grounded character development allow students to become fearless scholars and conscientious citizens - gain a love of learning, leadership with social responsibility, creativity with moral integrity, and self-esteem with compassion for others and the environment.