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View from a Distance: How to Use this Guide
When you look at the header picture, the first thing you see is the branch. It is bright, close, and in focus. It is not until you let your eyes wander that you see the temple in the distance. That is how we see our students. We focus on the more immediate needs, often forgetting about their changing needs for future benefits. That is a small part of what this website is about.
We want to prepare our students for the future. To do that, we need to give them tools that will last their lifetime in this changing world of ours.
This can be realized through global education. Global education focuses on teaching students how to investigate the world, recognize perspectives, communicate ideas, and take action. These four global competencies will help us teach our students to be self-evolving learners.
But wait, Carolyn, if I do all those things, how can I teach my curriculum?
It's not about moving away from the curriculum; it's about changing the style of teaching. I know this is hard. It was hard for me. I've used many of the same techniques for ten, fifteen, even twenty years. After looking at my curriculum from a global perspective, I saw new ways of getting the point across by allowing my students to be more involved in their own learning process.
To get revved up for this experience, please take twenty minutes to watch the two videos to your left.
In the section titled Standard-based Global Education Updates, I have taken a few of the TEKS and rewritten them to show a more global point of view. I have then given you a lesson to show how globalized TEKS show the four global competencies. For a more in-depth look, check out my Global Education Unit Plan.
To understand what tools you already have at your disposal, check out the Digital Learning Environment Inventory and the Local Community Resource List. If you want to know how your students are doing, check out the Global Education Student Assessment Tools Inventory.
Finally, if you want to experience your own global adventure to bring back ideas for your classroom, peruse the International Project-based Learning Opportunities List.
Enjoy the journey!