Posts tagged ‘Global Competence’

Promoting Global Awareness Through World’s Largest Lesson, Global Goals and More

“The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.” By Nathaniel Branden

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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.

  1. Take a Global Selfie with a message or do a class selfie with a goal
  2. Take the Dizzy Goals
  3. Record We the People Video

Other great sites to add to your resource kit for brining global awareness into your classroom.

Global Citizen

Global Dimension and Worlds Largest Lesson Global Dimension Toolkit with more lesson

Popular Global Awareness Books

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Creating Culturally Responsive Classrooms

“A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.” By Gandhi

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Last week #21stedchat on Twitter was about creating Culturally Responsive Classrooms. Throughout the chat I could see many educators ‘favoriting’ a lot of the tweets/resources but were not participating with their own teacher voice. I soon realized it was because educators are still not comfortable talking about culture diversity in the classroom. In response to this I want to share all the resources from the chat to help educators start feeling more knowledgable around this topic because the more we discuss and share, the better we will get as an education system to become more culturally responsive.

What is a culturally responsive classroom? It is a classroom that purposefully acknowledges the presence of culturally diverse students and the need for relevant connections among them and the content being taught.

Resources:

Five-Minute Film Festival: Culturally Responsive Teaching

Creating Culturally Responsive, Inclusive Classrooms

A Framework for Culturally Responsive Teaching from ASCD

Teaching Tolerance Website 

The Best Sites for Learning About the World’s Different Cultures by Larry Ferlazzo

Relationship Building Through Culturally Responsive Classroom Management

Uncomfortable Conversations: Talking about Race in the Classroom

How Cultural Differences May Affect Student Performance

Culturally Relevant Teaching Resources

Cybrary Man’s Culture Resource Page

Culturally Responsive Lesson Plans

Books:

Cultural Proficiency: A Manual for School Leaders

Other People’s Children by Lisa Delpit

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: And Other Conversations About Race by Tatum

Please share any resources you have in the comments to help educators have a more culturally responsive classroom.

Engaging Students with GoogleTreks

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” By St. Augustine

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I was recently came across this amazing Google Site called  GoogleTreks  – taking virtual field trip and learning to a whole new place. (GoogleTreks™ is not affiliated with or endorsed by Google® or any of its companies. Google® is a registered trademark.) GoogleTreks was created by Dr. Alice Christie who is a Google Certified Teacher and has taught in the classroom for 25 years. Dr. Christie used the formula of  web tools + Google Maps = GoogleTrek. Here is an example of GoogleTreks she created about the History of GoogleTreks.

GoogleTreks are engaging lessons that can work on any device which makes for great activities for Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) or technology rich classrooms. The lessons also have the students using their 21st century skills of creating, collaborating, communicating and critically thinking while also aligned to Common Core Standards. You can easily differentiate these lessons and make them accessible using QR Codes. You could also have the students create their own to show mastery of content. Check out some of these great ones below:

How Does Global Warming Affect Human Health?

5.G.4. Classify two-dimensional figures in a hierarchy based on properties

Want to make your own GoogleTrek? Use this tutorial and create your own, it walks you through the steps. Then you can submit them  here for others or you can have it saved in your google account. If you chose to submit, all GoogleTreks are scored based on a rubric so you know you are getting quality lessons.

Other Google Trek Resources:

Google Treks gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse at Maps’ most awe-inspiring Views

Google Trek – Street View

Trek the world with Google Maps

INTERNET EXPLORER: Take a virtual field trip with Google Treks

I would love to hear how you have used GoogleTrek or plan on using it if you are not already!

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