Girls Thinking Global (GTG) is an online professional learning community for educators to connect and converse about ways to support and nurture leadership qualities in adolescent girls and young women around the world. The community hosts a series of webinars on edWeb.net that enable sharing of stories and ideas and collaborating across all kinds of boundaries. Participants in these webinars learn how this kind of collaboration and conversation can lead to initiatives that will make a difference in girls’ lives. The goal is to empower and educate adolescent girls and young women globally and increase the development of leadership skills for girls everywhere. The community has many voices speaking out on these issues: girls and young women; teachers, administrators, and educators at all levels; organizations providing services and educational programs; and parents and community leaders.
Super skills, twenty-first century skills, best practices—whatever you want to call the 4C’s (creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, communication), they are an integral part of the student experience in our classroom. Even so, sometimes a pathway to incorporate the 4C’s may seem evasive or like it takes too much time. Adding the following tools and ideas to an instructional toolbox can support a seamless incorporation of the 4C’s into our teaching and learning for all students.
Each time you and your students embark on a new story,
your characters undergo a transformation. If you lead your students through the
elements we’ve discussed (creating an epic classroom, uncovering a conflict, and traversing the rising action to solve the conflict) then the transformation will happen by itself. A critical part of
epic learning is helping students to realize that metamorphosis and use what
they’ve learned. Here are a few activities to facilitate reflection and wrap up
your epic learning experience.
FOOD Ed. is a national standards-aligned course that brings STEAM to life by exploring the complexities of the nation’s food system. The semester-long interdisciplinary course explores connections between food and culture, food and environment, and food and power.