Reposted from 03.19.2015
By Fran Siracusa
As part of building global competence skills within our students, we want to afford students with authentic opportunities to gain exposure about the real world. Resources, time, and engagement are all factors that an internationally-minded educator faces, but Calliope strives to reduce the barriers in order to expand classroom walls.
An opportunity arose to connect IB MYP students with an educator-in-training. Our friend and fellow education colleague from Munich, Germany was gracious enough to spend some time on Wednesday afternoon at a local private Catholic school guest-teaching German culture classes to 6th and 7th graders.
Integration of this kind of global exposure is important; if we inspire one student with this visit, then this connection was truly remarkable and valid. We encourage fellow educators to introduce students to people and places they might otherwise never meet. Perhaps, you will introduce a child to a role model not thought possible in today's environments.
Thank you, Elizabeth, for being a global educator and for engaging the students with your wonderful stories and perspective! Danke!