Sunday, December 15, 2019

US students study Spain floods

Alternative students of Odessa, TX studied flash floods in Eastern Spain, addressing one of the global goals for sustainable development -- climate action. Odessa students researched news online, collected data, and described the winds that caused the recent flash floods in the regions of Murcia, Valencia, and Andalucia using equations, tables, graphs, and verbal descriptions. They also compared Eastern Spain flooding with the worst flooding they had experienced locally. Odessa, TX is in the Chihuahuan Desert, and it seldom rains in the area. However, heavy rains and winds sometimes cause floods and hail storms in the city and neighboring towns. After their study, US students shared with Spain through Padlet some feasible climate actions to help combat Spain's climate change. Students from Murcia, Spain read US students' suggestions and responded to the recommendations.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Candles from trash turned into cash

Students from Dapitan City National High School, Dapitan City, Philippines, recycled candle waxes from a local cemetery by turning them into decorative candles for sale. Every year after the observance of All Souls' Day by Christians all over the world, candle waxes are scattered everywhere in Christian cemeteries. Contributing to the global goal of responsible consumption and production, mathematics teachers Jasmin Balladares and Julie Anne Gallosa initiated the project by having their students gather waste candle waxes from a cemetery adjacent to the school and made them into decorative candles using different geometric shapes. With expenses ranging from 10-80 Philippine pesos, each candle was sold for 80-150 Philippine pesos. The project earned a profit of more or less 4,000 Philippine pesos, which was used to fund a local scholarship. Learning partners from Odessa, TX, USA, helped figure out possible scenarios to reach the target profit. Alternative Education students used the data to represent said scenarios using equations, tables, graphs, and verbal descriptions. Students explained their algebraic processes in writing.

Monday, October 28, 2019

IJWC adviser certified as global educator

The adviser of the International Junior Writers Club (IJWC) was officially certified as a global educator by the U.S. Department of State after completing the IREX-administered professional development, Foundations of Global Education, on October 27, 2019. The IJWC adviser was a member of the original small cohort selected from across the U.S. to participate in this professional development to help promote global education and global competence in U.S. classrooms in order to help address global goals for sustainable development. As part of its specific objectives, the professional development allowed the participants to build an understanding of frameworks for global and cultural competence; identify and explain cross-cultural communication; incorporate global activities and teaching methods into their classrooms, schools, and communities; engage with experts in the field of global education; and build a network of global educators in their content and geographic area. As a follow-up activity, the cohort will meet this coming December to discuss the process of and planning for implementing global education and to debrief, share reflections, and plan for the future.

The IJWC adviser shared some successful IJWC activities with the cohort. He also learned more strategies from global education-related activities and ideas of other cohort members. Global education experts that substantiated the professional development by sharing their expertise included Dana Mortenson, Chief Executive Officer of World Savvy; Sydney Chaffee, CCSSO 2017 National Teacher of the Year; Mohamed Abdel-Kader, Executive Director of the Stevens Initiative at the Aspen Institute; Heather Singmaster,  Director in the Center for Global Education at the Asia Society; and Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program alumni LaureĆ©  Akinola-Massaquoi, Ellen Kraft, Matthew Cottone, Todd Noyes, and Maria Zelaya.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

IJWC participates in Global Collaboration Week

The International Junior Writers Club participated in the Global Collaboration Week on September 23-27, 2019 as a host of an event, "War on Drugs" Debate. This activity was a writing extension activity of students from Alternative Education Center, Odessa, TX  after they had integrated published Philippine drug war statistics into their math lesson on linear equations. The activity helped US students become aware of illegal drug issues in other parts of the world, addressing the global goal of peace, justice, and strong institution. Participants of "War on Drugs" Debate argued on whether or not they were in favor of the implementation of government-sponsored "War on Drugs" campaign and suggested ways on how to address illegal drug issues.

The Global Collaboration Week is one of the annual events of the Global Education Conference Network that is open to all schools and organizations all over the world. This year's Global Collaboration Week was attended by over 800 people and organizations representing more that 60 countries and more than 40 states, all collaborating on more than 40 projects and events. Check the following links for more info:

Global Collaboration Week Events in US Central Daylight Time Zone
Global Collaboration Week Event Listings
Global Collaboration Week Participating Schools and Organizations
"War on Drugs" Debate

Sunday, September 8, 2019

IJWC adviser completes Global Education 101

To enhance his expertise in global education, the adviser of the International Junior Writers Club participated in Global Education 101, an online course sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX). The course objectives for educator participants included (1) define global competence and connect it to student success, (2) begin to understand the themes and concepts of global education and global competence, (3) develop instructional strategies to incorporate global competence into lessons and units, and (4) build resources for further learning and networking for global competence. The IJWC adviser shared with other participants what was done with the IJWC initiative to promote global education and competence.