For young people to succeed in the future they must learn in the present, and Global Educators are helping young people successfully navigate our connected world! We’re excited to share some of our professional development tips to help you reflect and grow as a Global Educator!
For many of us, Global Education is personal. Our experiences traveling the world or working with people from different backgrounds have made us who we are and help us appreciate the global connections that we want for our students.
Before planning units or lessons that consider global perspectives, take a few moments to reflect on just what global education means to you. Why do you find Global Education valuable? What experiences have helped you gain appreciation for foreign cultures? How have you benefited both personally and professionally from these experiences?
Students love when we as educators and role models share stories from our own experience. When we show students that the themes of Global Education are important to us, these themes become important to them.
2. Expand your Professional Learning Network
Whether you attend education conferences, read the latest news on Edutopia, or follow education topics on twitter, you can’t help but see that folks are talking about Global Education! It’s an exciting topic, and there’s a whole lot to learn!
Global Educators practices what they preach and in doing so, they seek out people from different perspectives to learn from and collaborate with! In our Global Educators Facebook Community, for example, Global Educators regularly share classroom stories, instructional strategies, and tips for making instruction global!
That’s why we recommend Global Educators regularly attend the weekly Global Ed chats on Twitter every Thursday evening (GMT -6) using the hashtag #globaledchat. We also recommend participating in some of our other favorite twitter chats which include country and content specific chats. With Twitter, you can access world class professional development and coaching all from the comfort of home!
We also recommend exploring Global Education strategies through our favorite education blogs. And if you enjoy building your professional learning network through blogging, share your favorite posts with us on Facebook or Twitter!
3. Build a Technology Toolkit
Technology and Global Education go hand-in-hand. Decades ago, a student's ability to learn about the world was often limited to the books found at his or her school library. Today, students can use computers, tablets, and even smartphones to bring perspectives from communities around the world into the classroom.
As you explore ways to incorporate Global Education into the classroom, build a toolkit of go-to resources that will help your students gain a global perspective. As your students become more and more familiar with the resources in your ‘tool-kit,” they’ll learn to independently seek out global perspectives when working on assignments across content areas.
When studying current events and the social sciences, we love recommending our students explore content on Time for Kids, Newsela, News-O-Matic, National Geographic, the Global Oneness Project, or one of many other free online publications.
We also love giving students the chance to take virtual field trips using Google Street View, and videos from Youtube or Gooru.
4. Facilitate Global Connections
Facilitating connections between students around the world can be intimidating! Between finding a classroom of students to figuring out exactly what to say, the process can certainly take time. Fortunately, there are many resources that can help simplify the process and get started!
Many teachers are using Skype and Google Hangouts to facilitate these connections. If you already collaborate with teachers from around the world, then these tools may be right for you!
If you are looking for a solution that helps with most of the heavy-lifting then give PenPal Schools a try! At PenPal Schools, we not only finds and match your students with PenPals, but our projects and weekly lessons give your students topics to discuss each week!