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Monday, December 8, 2014

Global Awareness

One of the 21st Century Skills that we want all students to have is global awareness. We have had many experiences that have helped us increase our global awareness. Below is a list of some of those experiences:

  • Skyping and tweeting with Mrs. Price's Prep/1 class from Jindivick, Victoria, Australia
  • Each of us having a friend in Australia that we feel personally connected to
  • Visiting Joyous Chinese Cultural Center to meet people who were born in China and to learn more about Chinese culture
  • Doing an in-depth study of families in China including topics like foods, celebrations, schools, hobbies, shopping, daily life in cities and villages, languages and more
  • Learning a little bit about the differences in time zones between various places in the world. The crew was fascinated to learn that people in Australia and China are still sleeping when we get to school in the morning. It was also interesting to learn that when we Skype Mrs. Price's class on a Monday afternoon just before the end of our school day that they are just arriving at school for the start of school on Tuesday morning there.
  • We are learning to be accepting of differences in accents, skin color, language usage, personal beliefs and more.
  • Locating various places (China, Australia, Mexico, Florida, Idaho, etc.) on a map or globe and noticing where those places are in relation to us.
  • Grappling with the idea that there are many ways to live in our world - farms, apartments, houses, house boats, huts, etc.
  • We spent a while discussing whether everyone in the world speaks English or not.
  • We learned that money looks different all around the world
  • We have learned a few words of Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and Sign Language
These are just a few of the ways that we are trying to become more globally aware. This age is wonderful to explore these topics because they are so willing to be open to new cultures and ideas.

They are also very willing to share our culture with others. Mrs. Price's class has learned so much from our crew, too.

Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Practice basic addition or subtraction facts.

Important Dates
12/19 Fieldwork to Pacific Ocean Market and King's Land Restaurant
12/22 - 1/5 Winter Break
1/6 First day back after Winter Break
1/16 No School - Professional Development Day for Teachers
1/19 No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
2/13 No School - Professional Development Day for Teachers
2/16 No School - President's Day
2/26 Winter Voyage ~ Day 1 - not an overnight trip (Day 2 will be in April - also not an overnight trip)
3/23 - 4/3 Spring Break

1 comment:

  1. We certainly have learned a lot from you and your crew...and we still are!!