Last spring I applied for a U.S. State Department fellowship to its IREX Teachers for Global Classrooms program. I was informed in September that I was accepted and have been preparing for the last several months to travel with a cohort of teachers to a foreign country to experience the culture, become more globally competent, and learn strategies to help create global citizens among America's youth.
I took an online course for two months with approximately 65 teachers around the nation. We learned about and discussed various strategies and methods for teaching global competencies. I found that adding these competencies to instruction is not difficult, and once you start integrating them, it gets easier. Most importantly, I have witnessed an energy in my students as they investigate the world, understand and value other perspectives, and learn to communicate and take action.
I am currently working on a global learning resource website, which is part of my capstone project required by the U.S. State Department. I will have that complete and attached to this blog during the summer months.
Right now I am busy getting ready for my cohort's trip to Morocco, which I found out last month. My passport is ready. My camera bag is packed, and I'm ready for an adventure!
This blog is not an official U.S. Department of State website. The views and information presented are the grantee's own and do not represent the Teachers for Global Classrooms Program, IREX, or the U.S. Department of State.
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