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.
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