Throughout my experiences of working with children, I am continually reminded of how much children are endlessly curious about the world in which they live. Students are also interested in making connections between their classroom learning and the world beyond the classroom doors. Oftentimes, this curiosity sparks an initial conversation; however it is one that is not regularly integrated into their daily learning. The framework presented in this summer's learning offers a meaningful way to integrate this curiosity about the world. It is clear that shifting classroom learning objectives to a more globally focused paradigm is not only one that creates a more dynamic learning environment, but it is also a change that is necessary in order to ensure students' future success in a "flattened global economy."
In integrating a more global focus throughout the curriculum, one concern that arises is how to ensure appropriate implementation. Lessons run the risk of being superficial and, therefore, becoming disconnected and less meaningful. While global learning of any type is significant, it seems most important to structure learning opportunities which foster "intercultural sophistication." Building a strong foundation upon the increased understanding of multiple perspectives and the ability to communicate effectively in diverse situations is the first step in preparing students to successfully participate in "transnational cooperation." I look forward to discussing the many ways in which we can create this foundation in our classrooms at BB&N.