“The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.” By Nathaniel Branden
The Global Goals site is a great resource to help add global awareness into your classroom. One way to start is on September 25th, 2015 for the World Largest Lesson, where 193 world leaders will commit to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. There ate 17 goals to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years such as end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice or fix climate change. If every school in the world teaches children about these goals, we will help them become the generation that changed the world. Allowing students to choice which goal they are most passionate about is a great way to add personalization.
The World’s Largest Lesson has a teacher guide, lesson ideas (for all different age levels) and info on the goals. Here are three quick ideas from their site that you can do with your class to be apart of the movement.
- Take a Global Selfie with a message or do a class selfie with a goal
- Take the Dizzy Goals
- Record We the People Video
Other great sites to add to your resource kit for brining global awareness into your classroom.
Global Dimension and Worlds Largest Lesson Global Dimension Toolkit with more lesson
Popular Global Awareness Books
“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” By John Holmes
Character education may not be in the Common Core but as a teacher I often think about the ‘hidden curriculum’ of teaching a well-rounded student. Learning about our differences can be a powerful way for children to see from another person’s point of view helping them understand cultures; becoming more globally aware. Many wonder, ‘Can Compassion Be Taught’?
I believe compassion can be but it also needs to be modeled. This is a wonderful time of year to help teach and model compassion in the classroom. Having the class help a charity or run a food drive can teach compassion. Past service learning projects I have done with my students:
– Collecting Tabs for the Ronald McDonald House (My favorite service learning project because we do it all year and the students graph the number of tabs each month and we can see how much we have made a difference.
– Toys for Tots
– Food drives for different soup kitchens
– Wrote letters of persuasion to a tree farmer asking to donate a few trees to those who couldn’t afford them.
– Reading Buddies and Tutoring help with a different grade level
– Coat drives
This is a great site to find more service learning ideas for the classroom: National Service Learning Organization
Books that help teach students about compassion:
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
Yoko by Rosemary Wells
Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester
Rules by Cynthia Lord
Great article on teaching compassion: Instilling Compassion
An Infographic by www.OpenColleges.edu.au
I would love to know what others have done in the classroom to help teach compassion and service learning project ideas.
I wish all my readers Happy Holidays! ♥