World Teachers’ Day is held annually on October 5th and was set up by UNESCO to appreciate and recognize educators from around the globe. It’s no secret that the teaching profession is viewed differently depending on which part of the world you are from but this day aims to bring all teachers together while highlighting some of the different challenges that teachers face on a daily basis. The day also promotes the idea of teachers facilitating global citizens in the classroom, providing an environment for students to develop key skills and traits.
What is a global citizen?
A global citizen is someone who can identify with others on a global level while having a conscious awareness of the world around them. They will be passionate about issues such as injustice and poverty, and be able to identify with a global community.
Preparing students to become global citizens involves a lot of hard work from teachers in the classroom. It requires them to encourage skills such as questioning, taking responsibility for their own learning, collaborating, actively listening, and connecting their learning. This means veering away from lessons where students are spoon-fed and simply passive recipients of a school curriculum. We’ve put together some activities that help to develop these skills in class:
Know, Want to Know, Learnt (KWL)
One of the assessments that you can get your students to do is the KWL chart. Each column can be filled in at any point of an activity and is great for coming back to at certain points in the lesson. It is really useful for summarizing what has been learnt, what students would like to learn and any knowledge gaps that there might be. It’s also a good idea to carry out this assessment in groups to help facilitate collaboration and team work!
Likert scales can be used as a self-assessment tool for students or used by teachers to evaluate individuals. These can be adapted to include different components but the aim of this particular example is to grade levels of participation, engagement and how well the students worked with others.
Diamond 9 Ranking
This grid-style assessment is all about ranking and is best carried out in groups. The teacher will set a problem or task that the students need to solve. Each group will need to work together to brainstorm ideas and answers. This can either be written down on paper or sticky notes and moved around the grid based on ranking and priority. This task involves lots of communication, collaboration and helps to encourage a strategic mindset!
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