- Allows students to see a world outside their own.
- Opens up different avenues, pathways and possibilities for students to connect with other kids and their communities and learn more about those communities.
- Build bridges and fills gaps between countries and continents through student voice.
- Learn about cultures, customs and traditions of global communities.
- Builds kindness and empathy in students.
- Triggers motivation and inspires students to make a difference and create a social impact in and outside of their communities.
- Gives students an opportunity to research, question, debate and think critically about global issues.
- Students will gain knowledge and understanding of social activism and its impact on social justice and equality globally.
- Have a discussion with students about global learning: With all ages, communicate to them, as you would with all your lessons, “why” you’re doing this activity. Communication sets the tone for the rest of the activity, the motivation of the students and impacts their learning.
- Incorporate activities that fit well with the classroom learning outcomes. Whether you’re teaching English, social studies, or history incorporating lessons that create a global classroom can be a great multidisciplinary learning objective.
- Put those plans into actions: These activities don’t have to be for your eyes only, you can share your students’ work with your community or globally. Bonus points if the activity leads to having a positive social impact globally.
Here’s my favourite quote by Lily Tomlin:
Classroom resources & activities (K12):
Open Educational Resources: https://www.oercommons.org/search?f.search=GLOBAL
Our Impact on Education: We as educators have the privilege of empowering students on a daily basis to believe in the power of an individual and the impact one can have on someone else’s life and wellbeing. Students need to know that they can make a difference, through their words and their actions. Teaching our students that they are important and their voice counts can move beyond our classroom walls, beyond our communities and can reach out to global communities, to another child. And that is a difference worth fighting for in education.