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Global Classroom - Children of the World

Elementary

Description

Children of the World visits young people in eight countries. This adventure provides an opportunity for primary students to face challenges, confront other realities and as with any journey, deepen their understanding of themselves as citizens who can help initiate change.

In completing the eight educational activities set out in this guide, students will be able to better understand the issues, propose solutions and ultimately take action!

Students will:

  • Discover how children live in each part of the world
  • Gather information about each child in the case studies (housing, education, etc)
  • Compare their  reality with that of the eight children from other parts of the world
  • Take measures to resolve the problems faced by children around the world.
  • Write a story or a song, complete an artistic creation (painting, drawing, dance, play, puppet theatre, shadow puppets, mime) that tells how they will change the reality of a child in need.
  • Look for possible actions to participate in with organizations and agencies that help children.

The resource provides case histories, fact sheets, cultural files and websites for each country explored.

 

General Assessment

What skills does this resource explicitly teach?

  • exercising critical judgment
  • co-operating with others
  • communicating appropriately
  • collecting information
  • problem solving

Strengths

  • Excellent background information for teachers (fact sheets, case studies and cultural files for each country presented)
  • The resources is thorough and easy to use
  • The activities employ a number of strategies to
    help pupils make their own discoveries, determine the causes and consequences of these problems and issues, and try to find solutions.
  • Activities provided to enhance the learning
  • Activities are age-appropriate and interesting

Weaknesses

  • No adaptations for students with learning difficulties
  • No outdoor activities
  • Does not provided rubrics or assessment tools

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Themes Addressed

  • Citizenship (2)

    • Community-Building and Participation
    • General Guide to Taking Action
  • Human Health & Environment (3)

    • Access to Health Care
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Quality of Life
  • Human Rights (4)

    • Education
    • Poverty
    • Social Justice
    • War and Peace

Sustainability Education Principles

Principle Rating Explanation
Consideration of Alternative Perspectives Very Good
  • The resource helps students learn about basic needs and rights and to develop a view of the world around them. Students learn that many children are denied basic rights necessary to survive and develop to their potential. They learn that wants and needs are different for different people. The students are not influenced to accept any particular point of view.
Consideration of Alternative Perspectives:
  • Satisfactory: absence of bias towards any one point of view
  • Good: students consider different points of view regarding issues, problems discussed
  • Very good: based on the consideration of different views, students form opinions and  take an informed position
Multiple Dimensions of Problems & Solutions Good

The resource addresses the economic, environmental and social dimensions of the issues.

Multiple Dimensions of Problems & Solutions:

Effectively addresses the environmental, economic and social dimensions of the issue(s) being explored.

  • Satisfactory: resource supports the examination of  these dimensions
  • Good:  resource explicitly examines the interplay of these dimensions
  • Very Good:  a systems-thinking approach is encouraged to examine these three dimensions
Respects Complexity Good

The activities employ a number of strategies to help pupils make their own discoveries, determine the causes and consequences of the problems and issues and try to find solutions. This “pedagogy of hope” is designed to help pupils acquire knowledge and a variety of competencies through various activities involving co-operation.

Respects Complexity:

The complexity of the problems/issues being discussed is respected.

Acting on Learning Good

The resource includes a lesson entitled I Care about my World, I'm Taking Action!  It has students look for possible actions with organizations and agencies that help children. The lesson encourages students to search for action projects that do not necessarily involve fund-raising, but will emphasize citizen involvement with a desire to change the world.

Acting on Learning:

Learning moves from understanding  issues  to working towards positive change — in personal lifestyle, in school, in the community,  or for the planet

  • Satisfactory: action opportunities are included as extensions 
  • Good: action opportunities are core components of the resource
  • Very Good: action opportunities for students are well supported and intended to result in observable, positive change
Values Education Satisfactory

The resource presents opportunities to explore, discuss and debate the issues.

Values Education:

Students are explicitly provided with opportunities to identify, clarify and express their own beliefs/values.

Empathy & Respect for Humans Very Good

The students are introduced to eight children of the World and eight issues affecting their world today. In exploring the lessons in the guide, each student will be able to better understand these issues, propose solutions and ultimately take action!

Empathy & Respect for Humans: Empathy and respect are fostered for diverse groups of humans (including different genders, ethnic groups, sexual preferences, etc.).
Personal Affinity with Earth Poor/Not considered
  • Not considered in this resource.
Personal Affinity with Earth:

Encourages a personal affinity with -the natural world.  

  • Satisfactory: connection is made to the natural world
  • Good: fosters appreciation/concern for the natural world
  • Very Good: fosters stewardship though practical and respectful experiences out-of-doors 
Locally-Focused Learning Good

The resource activities enable students to be an integral part of the search for solutions and helps them become proactive and move into action, changing the world one small step at a time – and all the while, learning!

Locally-Focused Learning:

Includes learning experiences that take advantage of issues/elements within the local community. 

  • Satisfactory: learning is made relevant to the lives of the learners
  • Good: learning is made relevant and has a local focus
  • Very Good: learning is made relevant, local and takes place ‘outside’ , in the community 
Past, Present & Future Good
Past, Present & Future: Promotes an understanding of the past, a sense of the present, and a positive vision for the future.

Pedagogical Approaches

Principle Rating Explanation
Open-Ended Instruction Very Good

The activities employ a number of strategies to help pupils make their own discoveries, determine the causes and consequences of these problems and issues and try to find solutions.

Open-Ended Instruction :

Lessons are structured so that multiple/complex answers are possible; students are not steered toward one 'right' answer.

Integrated Learning Good
  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Art
Integrated Learning:

Learning brings together content and skills  from more than one  subject area

  • Satisfactory: content from a number of different  subject areas is readily identifiable
  • Good:  resource is appropriate for use in more than one subject area
  • Very Good:  the lines between subjects are blurred 
Inquiry Learning Good

The activities employ a number of strategies to help pupils make their own discoveries, determine the causes and consequences of these problems and issues and try to find solutions.

Inquiry Learning:

Learning is directed by questions, problems, or challenges that students work to address.   

  • Satisfactory: Students are provided with questions/problems to solve and some direction on how to arrive at solutions.
  • Good: students, assisted by the teacher clarify the question(s) to ask and the process to follow to arrive at solutions.  Sometimes referred to as Guided Inquiry
  • Very Good:  students generate the questions and assume much of the responsibility for how to solve them.  . Sometimes referred to as self-directed learning.

 

Differentiated Instruction Satisfactory

The activities allow students to acquire knowledge and a variety of competencies through various tasks involving co-operation.
No accommodations are suggested for those with learning difficulties.

Differentiated Instruction:

Activities address a range of student learning styles, abilities and readiness.

  • Satisfactory:  includes a variety of instructional approaches
  • Good: addresses  the needs of visual, auditory &  kinesthetic learners
  • Very Good: also includes strategies for learners with difficulties
Experiential Learning Satisfactory
Experiential Learning:

Authentic learning experiences are provided

  • Satisfactory: learning takes place through ‘hands-on’ experience or simulation
  • Good: learning involves direct experience in a ‘real world context’
  • Very good: learning involves ‘real world experiences’ taking place’ beyond the school walls.
Cooperative Learning Satisfactory

Some of the activities involve cooperative learning.

Cooperative Learning:

Group and cooperative learning strategies are a priority.

  • Satisfactory:  students work in groups
  • Good: cooperative learning skills are explicitly taught and practiced
  • Very Good: cooperative learning skills are explicitly taught, practiced and assessed
Assessment & Evaluation Satisfactory
  • Some assessment techniques are suggested.
Assessment & Evaluation: Tools are provided that help students and teachers to capture formative and summative information about students' learning and performance. These tools may include reflection questions, checklists, rubrics, etc.
Peer Teaching Satisfactory
Peer Teaching:

Provides opportunities for students to actively present their knowledge and skills to peers and/or act as teachers and mentors.

  • Satisfactory: incidental teaching that arises from cooperative learning, presentations, etc.
  • Good or Very Good: an opportunity is intentionally created to empower students to teach other students/community members. The audience is somehow reliant on the students' teaching (students are not simply ‘presenting')
Case Studies Very Good

The resource provides eight thematic case histories, each exploring an issue through personal testimonial and facts.

Case Studies:

Relevant case studies are included.  Case studies are thorough descriptions of real events from real situations that students use to explore  concepts in an authentic context.

Locus of Control Good

A few suggestions for additional activities have been included
for each activity.  Others are available on the website.

Locus of Control: Meaningful opportunities are provided for students to choose elements of program content, the medium in which they wish to work, and/or to go deeper into a chosen issue.