"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" ~ Nelson Mandela
Global Education is about empowering your students to be caring, thoughtful, and action-oriented problem solvers who are prepared to take on the world's new challenges. There is no more pressing mindset more imperative that we instill in our students in the 21st century other than preparing them to think as a Global Citizen.
Experience the World
As a teacher, my overarching goal is to help kids to "experience the world". This mantra is written on my board, my newsletters, and discussed throughout the year. The world is heading towards an ever-changing, more connected environment. Learning to appreciate diversity and embrace the new challenges that lie ahead are vital to the success of our students. This website will provide valuable insights into how to incorporate a global mindset into your education. There is no reinventing the wheel or starting from scratch, but rather changing the approach to how we focus our lessons to helping students better "experience the world".
How to Use This Website
This website offers a variety of tools to help your classroom become a Global Classroom.
Study: Resources that you can use to make your classroom global.
Teach: Tips and Tricks on how you can implement a global curriculum into you present classroom.
Travel: Follow my international travels and share with me as I learn more about the world.
How to Globalize your classroom:
About Mr. Cottone: All you ever wanted to know about the author of this website.
Imagine a world without borders that define who we are as a nation. Eliminating borders and focusing on who we are as human beings, citizens of the world working together for a greater cause. Empowering students to think as a global citizen rather than focusing on a local or nation mindset will steer children to be active and contributing members of society. The opportunities provided by the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) and the Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC) have greatly emboldened me to become a stronger, more globally astute teacher, ready to meet the needs of my globally thinking students.
Why Global Education?
Research shows that students who learn about global issues are more than twice as likely to see the importance of personally taking social action. Global learning encourages awareness and critical thinking about issues such as poverty, climate change, religious and cultural differences, world trade and politics. - www.medium.com/global-perspectives
Enables people to understand the links between their own lives and those of people throughout the world. - David Hicks- A Rationale for Global Education - www.unesco.org
"And I think it needs to be an important priority of the schools to have ways of helping kids recognize that globalization is something they have to understand and respect and become one with, not just because of the economy but also because there are all these different cultures and different peoples of the world, and if we're all going to make it together, we've got to understand each other." Virginia B. Edwards, President, Editor of Education Week - www.edutopia.org