ELL 361: Week 3 Guidance

Global Issues and Language Learning

Greetings Scholars!

This week invites you to explore, create, explain, and persuade - in other words, you will live the experience of Bloom's Taxonomy of higher level thinking skills as you become the expert on your self selected global issue!!! This is the very process we want our students to experience through project based learning!

Ms. Watkins' Points to Ponder

Tech Tips~

Don't be afraid to try a new form of technology this week as a showcase for your work. This vehicle, Smore.com, has been an easy way to express links and ideas. Student LOVE using it!


From the Trenches~

Teaching students to be compassionate and globally connected takes intentional planning. I love this link http://shellyterrell.com/2010/10/03/learning-beyond-walls-28-resources-for-your-students-to-connect-globally/


What I love is that Shelly connects us to more and more ideas. As a classroom teacher, you can start small with "epals". Here is a link to connect to classrooms all over the world http://schoolswaps.net/category/swaps/


Are you ready to take on a bigger project? Consider the idea of "change for change." Our elementary students gathered coins for a month in order to make a difference in a poverty stricken village. The monies collected this year went towards building a well in a small town selected by a third grade student. Students were able to research the importance of fresh water and really understand the importance of something they took for granted in their life.

How about embracing a movement so that students learn the power of Helen Keller's massage when she said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Again, I turn to UNICEF to get involved. http://teachunicef.org/take-action

Caring and compassionate students will come to you and ask, “What can I do to help?” Instead of telling them, consider Albert Einstein’s words,” I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” I have found the below link a great tool for just that http://www.dosomething.org/whatsyourthing/Disaster+Response+And+Relief/Disaster+Preparedness

The key idea behind this week, is that global issues should be part of the classroom. The more we help students understand their role in global issues, the more we build compassion and tolerance. These traits will help protect languages as we become a global society.

How about embracing a movement so that students learn the power of Helen Keller's massage when she said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Again, I turn to UNICEF to get involved. http://teachunicef.org/take-action

Caring and compassionate students will come to you and ask, “What can I do to help?” Instead of telling them, consider Albert Einstein’s words,” I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” I have found the below link a great tool for just that http://www.dosomething.org/whatsyourthing/Disaster+Response+And+Relief/Disaster+Preparedness

The key idea behind this week, is that global issues should be part of the classroom. The more we help students understand their role in global issues, the more we build compassion and tolerance. These traits will help protect languages as we become a global society.