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Smithsonian Learning Lab Bright Ideas Newsletter

Dear Learning Lab Registered User,

Do your students sometimes ask what the subjects they are learning have to do with real life? Are you trying to prepare them to succeed in our increasingly interconnected world? If so, try out the collections in this issue. Teachers made them to teach for global competence. This approach has students apply disciplinary and interdisciplinary expertise to examine real issues, understand and appreciate others’ perspectives and effectively interact with others, and finally, take action.

If you are not familiar with this approach, start with Culturally Responsive Teaching: A Guide for Urban Educators. It includes an instructional framework and “try-its” to use as entry points for teachers. Then explore environmental issues through a collection on animal conservation and another that takes an interdisciplinary approach to environmental advocacy. Finally, consider the manifesto, a key element in many cultural and social movements. And check out several more teacher-created collections in the article.

For more global competence collections, search Smithsonian Learning Lab using #GoGlobal. And tune in for a webinar with educators who produced these lessons, on Tuesday, February 11 (6 PM ET): Global Thinking across the Curriculum.

Sincerely,

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access

THIS ISSUE
Global Thinking Across the Curriculum
ARticle
GLOBAL THINKING
Across the Curriculum
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Featured Collections
LET THESE COLLECTIONS INSPIRE YOUR TEACHING
Professional Development
Culturally Responsive Teaching: A Guide for Urban Educators
Adult
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Clickable image of Human nature is originally good. Any evil in it results from the changes made upon it by external things. Of man's first disobedience and the fruit of that forbidden tree whose mortal taste brought death into the world for all our woe. --Lu Wang (1139-1192), Chinese Philosopher and John Milton's Paradise Lost. From the series Great Ideas., entry to Learning Lab Collection.
Social Studies/Life Sciences
Preventing the Dodo: Unveiling Animal Conservation Stories
Elementary - Secondary
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Clickable image of The Dodo and Given, entry to Learning Lab Collection.
Environmental Science
Environmental Advocacy through Art
Middle - Secondary
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Clickable image of Biodiversity Reclamation Suit: Carolina Parakeet, entry to Learning Lab Collection.
English, Social Studies, Art
Manifesto
Secondary
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Clickable image of Nixon '72 (Vote Mc Govern), entry to Learning Lab Collection.
 
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