Globally competent students have knowledge of the world they live in and a sense of responsibility for taking care of it and each other. How can this sense of global citizenship be fostered in the classroom? Continue reading
How to cultivate a thinking culture in the classroom
Among the wealth of resources that can be found on the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s website is the Thinking Routine Toolbox. This is a collection of simple tasks that can be practiced with students to help develop a culture of thinking in the classroom – and beyond. The key word here is ‘routine’ and it is recommended that teachers use these tools regularly and in different contexts – after all ‘practice makes permanent’.
So what are they and how do they work?
Getting more out of presentations with QR codes
This year I wanted to breathe some new life into student presentations. Students have become adept at using PowerPoint or Google Slides and I wanted to add variety and challenge their creativity by using some old tech in the classroom- the classic poster presentation. My aim was to create visually appealing poster presentations that would engage viewers and be educational but not loaded with text. Continue reading
EYP 80th Edition
This week marks 25 years since the reunification of Germany. On the 9th November 1989 the Berlin Wall fell. Whether this can be attributed to an unguarded comment from a stressed Günter Schabowski, who passed away earlier this month, or whether the Wall would have fallen regardless, one thing is generally accepted: the demonstrations in Leipzig one month earlier set in motion a chain of events that would ultimately result in the fall of the iron curtain.
It is therefore fitting that the 80th international session of the European Youth Parliament (EYP) is currently taking place in Leipzig. Continue reading