Gallery Walk Activity
Debrief Session After Dr. Reimer's Presentation
Question 1: What was the most thought-provoking for you about Dr. Reimers' keynote?
- A hundred years ago the need for global education was identified.
- Educators know that internationalization is important, but are not directing adequate resources and time toward implementation.
- Linking global education to workforce development for the 21 st century.
- The need to create a consensus about the definition of global education and the criteria for global competency.
- "Be the pioneer you really are." Individuals who are already making efforts need to get their schools on board.
Question 2: Why should global education be a priority?
- 21 st century skills—languages, cultural awareness, technology competencies—are needed in the workplace.
- Human survival depends on collaboration and transition to sustainable practices.
- Students need to appreciate the diversity of the world and their own communities, and be able to see different perspectives.
- We need to prepare students to be part of an increasingly connected world and work together to solve problems.
- It promotes tolerance, creativity, and innovative thinking.
Question 3: What teaching strategies can help students become more globally competent?
- Project-based learning that engages students with solving real-world problems.
- Partnerships with international schools, through video-conferencing, pen pals, or social media.
- Simulations, role plays, debates, and discussions that help students consider issues from multiple perspectives.
- Using authentic resources from other cultures to connect students to the world.
- Bring international perspectives to the classroom with speakers, literature, newspapers, etc.
Question 4: How can global education integrate into existing standards-based curricula?
- Use real-life examples of problems drawn from around the world.
- Use literature from a variety of cultures.
- Create interdisciplinary lessons and projects.
- Connect with counterparts around the world and learn about a subject together.
- Establish curriculum committees to develop resources that support global connections to the existing curriculum.
Question 5: What does it mean for educators to be globally competent?
- Having knowledge of global issues and appreciation of multiple perspectives.
- Knowing where to look to find answers and guiding students to resources.
- Being open-minded and motivated to seek new knowledge and experiences.
- The ability to put local problems/issues in a global context.
- Recognizing how culture influences perception and how to help students understand/value other cultures.
Question 6: What challenges do educators face in striving to teach for global competency?
- Lack of preparation, training, and background knowledge.
- Lack of consensus and support at the local, state, and national levels.
- Constraints of narrow curriculum requirements and testing.
- Access to resources—technology, funding, professional development.
- Difficulty defining and assessing global competency.
Question 7: How can educators respond to challenges they face in striving to teach for global competency?
- Look for resources and work within networks of like-minded educators.
- Work across the curriculum to find global connections.
- Use World Wise Schools resources to bring cultural perspectives to the classroom.
- Demonstrate how teaching for global competency also supports other skills that students need to learn.
- Seek out opportunities for professional development and personal growth.
Question 8: What questions do you still have about teaching for global competency?
- What are the best ways for teachers to collaborate internationally?
- How do we bring global education to a larger audience and get stakeholders to buy into its importance?
- How do we make space in the curriculum, especially when NCLB (No Child Left Behind) testing does not emphasize global competency?
- How do we get additional funding for technology, professional development, and international opportunities?
- Where do I go to find resources to help me teach global competency?