En la Clase: Another Look at Around the World in 180 Days

We’ve gained a number of new readers in the past year, so I thought I’d kick off our upcoming year of blogging with a look at a few posts from the past year that seemed both relevant to that “back to school” planning many of us will begin soon, and that would give our new readers an introduction of our philosophy or approach to multicultural education here at Vamos a Leer.

Last summer when we came back from taking some time off we started our new blogging year with a series of posts entitled “Around the World in 180 Days”.  This four part series looked at various themes relevant to providing authentic multicultural education.  In the posts we discussed ways and resources that could help us as educators to provide an authentic multicultural education that would go beyond superficiality, to provide a deeper understanding of what it means to be a global citizen for our students.  Below I’ve included the first post in that series along with links to the other three posts.  I hope you’ll check them out and offer your own thoughts and ideas on multicultural teaching in the comments section.  We’ll continue to share books, lesson plans and other resources throughout the month on this topic.  So, be sure to check back!

How to plan for a multicultural school year that goes beyond holidays and heroes.

We’re halfway through the summer and I can’t believe how fast time flies! Many teachers are already beginning to think about those first days of school in August and new things they want to try as they contemplate the school year in front of them.  Sometimes it’s overwhelming to think we have (roughly) 180 days to teach our students everything they’ll need to know to be successful when they leave our classroom.  As a teacher, one of the most important goals I had was to help my students progress in becoming global citizens.  By that I mean I wanted them to be aware of their role as individuals in a global society, I wanted them to contemplate not only the world around them that they experienced on a daily basis, but the world outside of our state, our country, or our continent.  I wanted to expose them to knowledge that would help them understand and appreciate cultures, people, languages and ways of life different than their own. This wasn’t necessarily an easy task.  As many of us know,  teaching social studies content is often not a high priority when compared to reading, math or even science.  I also didn’t want to fall into a trap of being superficial in these discussions, covering a vast amount of material without allowing my students the chance to develop a depth of understanding.

In the next few En la Clase posts, I’m going to write of different ways to bring a deeper understanding of multiculturalism into our classrooms.  I hope these ideas will help us to help our students become global citizens.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about this topic and anything you’ve found successful in your own classroom!  Please share your responses and ideas in the comment section below.

If you’re interested in reading more on this topic, check out our posts in this series below!

Around the World in 180 Days: Using Literature to Teach Global Citizenship

Around the World in 180 Days: Using Film to Teach Global Citizenship

Around the World in 180 Days: Holidays and the Multicultural Classroom

It’s great to be back! I’m really looking forward to the new school year!

–Katrina

2 thoughts on “En la Clase: Another Look at Around the World in 180 Days

  1. I’m not a teacher, but I am interested in the “global citizen” concept as a parent. It’s hard to believe how quickly the school year is approaching.

    • I can never believe how fast the summer goes by–it seems like it speeds up every year. The “global citizen” concept is definitely interesting to me as well, especially in terms of looking at the different ways that it’s defined in the education world. Like many concepts, there’s a great deal of variation–some more critical than others. It’s important enough that I think it’s worth continuing to encourage dialogue and discussion on the topic.

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