Global Awareness

I have been working with a group of educators from Louisiana who are examining the list of 21st Century skills students need and assessing their system’s current practices.

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills defines:

Global Awareness

–Using 21st century skills to understand and address global issues
–Learning from and working collaboratively with individuals representing diverse cultures, religions and lifestyles in a spirit of mutual respect and open dialogue in personal, work and community contexts
–Understanding other nations and cultures, including the use of non-English languages

I am writing this blog in my hotel room in Istanbul, Turkey. Today I had the opportunity to work with students, teachers, administrators, and parents at the Enka School and to visit Tohum Otizm Vakfi,
a school for autistic students in Istanbul.


While I was at Enka a group of high school students were in a meeting with students from England and Yemen, working jointly examining environmental issues.

Connecting with international educators always expands my thinking and learning.

The following on twitter caught my eye:

Very exciting 2connect 5th graders (USA) w/High School students from China 2day.Will be talking about Christopher Columbus & other explorers.

It was tweeted by Silvia Tolisano’s whose blog on Becoming a Globally Connected Teacher examines, questions, beliefs, and strategies for your consideration.

Here is a set of questions we created for an initial exploration in the Louisiana schools.

Using 21st century skills to understand and address global issues

• Perception- What would you see/hear walking through a classroom that suggests global issues are addressed?

• Analysis- Take 15 minutes to walk through our school and make a list of observations that suggest a global perspective.

• Same/different– How are our classrooms the same and different re global indicators?

• Where did you see the most indicators?

• Analysis- Why are the most found there?

• Induction-What do you conclude about global perspectives being present in our school?

• Analysis- List global issues that you believe are or should be of interest to our students?

• Appraisal- What are the top two issues regarding importance and interest?

• Evaluation- How much effort would you want to invest in generating instruction within your curriculum that includes one of these areas of global perspective? Why?

• Ideas– In groups of common content generate 4 ideas for building global perspectives into a student work project.

• Ideas– In groups of mixed content share your ideas, identify a possible cross curricular project.

• Prediction- What’s the best thing that could happen if we do this? What’s the worst? How big of a risk are we willing to take? How can we modify the idea to limit the risk to an acceptable level?

• Action– who will do what by when?

How does your school expand students’ global awareness?

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2 Responses to “ Global Awareness ”

  1. Stephen G. Barkley Says:

    See info on free online Global Education Conference
    http://www.globaleducationconference.com/

  2. Lisa Glavin Says:

    I look forward to each Monday as I start my work week…I open my inbox and there is my “Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud” that gets me thinking, reflecting, and looking forward to the next one!
    Thanks!!

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For the past 30 years, Steve has served as a consultant to school districts, teacher organizations, state departments of education, and colleges and universities nationally and internationally, facilitating the changes necessary for them to reach students and successfully prepare them for the 21st century. Read more…

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