Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Bringing a global perspective into your classroom with Global Education News
One of the things I find most exciting about teaching in inner city London schools is the fact that children from every culture, religion and economic strata will likely make up your classes. You may be in one class of 22 students, for example, and find that most are not from England originally. Instead you may find that there are 15 languages other than English that are primarily spoken at home. What an exciting, and yes, perhaps challenging, environment in which to teach!
You will soon discover, however, that the children are not the "ones with the weird accent" - you are! But it really doesn't matter because you ALL will inevitably - and eventually - end up learning a tremendous amount from each other about your cultures, religions, and countries of origin.
It's important to make cross-cultural connections with your students early on and bring a global perspective into your lessons as much as possible.
One great resource that provides cross-cultural classroom materials and ideas is the National Peace Corps Association's (NPCA) quarterly newsletter called "Global Education News." Through this Global Education program, the NPCA supports educators in classrooms and communities around the globe working to infuse global perspectives and foster and a greater understanding of the world in which we live.
The purpose of the actual newsletter is to connect K-12 classroom teachers and other interested educators with ready-to-use materials and information for infusing a more global perspective into everyday curriculum in all subject areas.
Check out their recent Spring 2011 newsletter at: http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/resources/education/newsletter/
They also have a wide variety of other classroom materials available for you to peruse at: http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/resources/education/classroom-materials/
Please leave your comments below if you have other suggestions for cross-cultural resources and/or activities for your classroom.
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Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians ebook
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