Welcome to my educational website. Here you will find my latest blog posts, information about my classroom activities, and my all new Global Education Guide pages. Please check out my work and let me know what you think.
New! You can now access my students’ blog posts from here. They completed projects that addressed skills successful adults need to have. Through research and interviews, they crafted research papers and presentations. Then, they condensed their work into blog posts to share with the public.
Global Education Guide
My Global Education Guide pages were created through my work with Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms. These pages will provide you with links to global education resources to bring the wider world into our classrooms and into the lives of our students. Check out the Global Ed – Study, Global Ed- Teach and Travel Blog tabs for videos, lesson plans, my travel blog from my visit to Morocco and much, much more!
What is global education?
Global education provides students with the skills of global competence. The Asia Society’s Center for Global Education identifies four domains of global competence. Students should learn the skills to investigate the world beyond their immediate environment, recognize the perspectives of themselves and others, communicate their ideas with diverse audiences, and build on those ideas to take action to improve conditions. To learn more about global education and global confidence, first check out this video from the Asia Society that sums it up nicely. Then go to the Global Ed-Study tab of this site to learn more about global education.
The Importance of Global Education
In today’s world, students with global competence have a huge advantage over those who do not. They are more prepared for their future careers with the skills fostered by global education. Check out this blog by Ariel Tichnor Wagnor, PhD, a Senior Fellow of Global Competence at ASCD. She details how global education increases student engagement, college and career readiness, social-emotional learning, and student empowerment. The issues of global education are real, they impact us all, and they get students excited about how they can make a difference in the world. In fact, their are global goals that students around the world can help achieve for a better future. Follow this link to a page with a great description and video of the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. After that, check out my Global Ed- Teach tab on this site to find a variety of sources to bring the world into your classroom.
The “Glocal” Connection: Mossyrock and the World
The term “glocal” combines global and local. Glocalization is a very important concept in education these days, as we investigate challenges that affect us both locally and globally. For instance, poverty may be a local problem that our students experience and/or observe locally. Their perspective on local poverty can help them identify with poverty on a global scale as they problem-solve for global solutions. Thinking “glocally” can increase our empathy and help us make connections with others. Additionally, using connections created by technology, similar problems can be solved across the globe by sharing solutions and working together. Even a student in a small rural town in the state of Washington can work toward solving a problem across the globe with partnerships created through global education. You can also think of it as a “think globally, act locally” mentality. As we investigate the world beyond Mossyrock, we can see how we can begin to make a global difference right here, in our little town. Katherine Everitt’s blog for TeacherVision sums it up nicely. Additionally, I have a slideshow presentation created for our Mossyrock Global Education PLC. It includes our rationale for “going global” in Mossyrock and opening up the wide world to our students. The slideshow includes a lot of links to resources, too.
Interested in what we are doing in the English Language Arts or Drama programs in Mossyrock? I’ve created a page dedicated to classroom and on-stage activities. If you are a student or a parent, this is a great place to check in from time to time.
Disclaimer: This website is not an official U.S. Department of State website. The views and information presented are the participant’s own and do not represent the Fulbiright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program, the U.S. Department of State, or IREX.