Standards Based Global Education Updates

Standards are developed to drive our curriculum in all of the content areas and to determine what it is that we want students to know or be able to do.  Ideally standards are not static pieces of information, but dynamic processes that enable students to adapt to to life situations in their careers and personal lives.

"Children must be taught how to think, not what to think"  Margaret Mead

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think” Margaret Mead

Global competencies are critical for students to master in the modern world.  They include:

  • investigate the world
  • recognize perspectives
  • communicate ideas
    • apply disciplinary and interdisciplinary expertise

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme Standards and Practices (from January 2014) highlights the core of global education in its mission statement: ” The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.”  Global competencies are also mirrored in the the 10 IB Learner Profile qualities:

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National Standards for Foreign Language Education: Cultures – gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures

Standard 2.1: Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied

Integration of Global Education

By researching life in different communities around the world and/or developing correspondence with people from other countries:

  • Students will develop an appreciation of diversity
  • Students will develop open-mindedness
  • Students will develop cultural awareness and sensitivity

 Lesson Plan Modifications

  • In a lesson about common leisure activities in which students discuss their daily activities, students will view authentic materials produced by native Spanish speakers about life in their own communities.
  • In a lesson about school life in which students learn to discuss their daily schedules, students will use the internet to search websites from schools in other countries to compare schedules and classes offered.

 Informal Outcome Assessment

  • Students will compare and contrast the hobbies or interests with a student in another country with their own, and explain possible cultural, economic, or environmental conditions that may account for any differences.
  • Students will explore the curriculum of two different schools as well as the amenities offered by the community, select a school they would prefer to attend and explain why.

National Standards for Foreign Language Education: Comparisons – Develop Insight into the Nature of Language and Culture

Standard 4.1: Students demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own

Integration of Global Education

 By reviewing a variety of print materials and collaboration with classmates and/or e-pals

  • Students will develop their language and communication skills
  • Students will become familiar with the cultural norms of respect with regard to formal and informal address.
  • Student will become aware of the cultural perspectives of others by exploring cartoons.

 Lesson Plan Modifications

  • Students will send correspondence electronically to peers and to adults to reinforce the use of the formal and the informal
  • Students will use newspapers or other publications to find cartoons in the target language, and translate the messages. This will improve recognition of cognates and give them practice in idiomatic language.

 Informal Outcome Assessment

  • Students will write in the formal and informal to demonstrate understanding of a cultural norm in Spanish communication and to properly use the distinct verb forms for each setting.
  • Students will use context clues and cognates to translate cartoons, and use their knowledge of idiomatic language in English explain how the cartoon was meant to be humorous.

National Standards for Foreign Language Education: Communication – Communicate in Languages Other Than English

Standard 1.1: Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions

Integration of Global Education

By engaging with correspondence with a student from a Spanish speaking country, or native speakers within our community

  • Students will develop empathy for others
  • Students will develop an appreciation for diversity
  • Students will develop their language and communication skills
  • Students will have opportunities to express enthusiasm and inquisitiveness

 Lesson Plan Modifications

  • Rather than engaging solely with classmates for practice conversations, students will engage in conversation with native Spanish speakers via skpe or e-mail. This could be used to enhance lessons in any units, particularly the basics such as describing oneself, discussing favorite activities, or discussing school life.

 Informal Outcome Assessment

  • Copies of e-mails could be forwarded to the teacher to assess writing content and conventions
  • Skype conversations can be evaluated to assess word usage, clarity of questions and answers, and pronunciation.

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