1. Christopher Smeaton

    I could not agree more George! Although I must be loyal to the school division that pays my wage, I have to believe that all kids deserve the best! I’ve learned that being connected or being global has helped my division just as much as others. In the end, if it’s not for all kids, who is it for?

  2. Another great post. Really like the idea of a continuum. However, I was left struck by your comment that just because a teacher is ‘global’ doesn’t necessarily mean that they are classroom or school teachers. I find a lot of great ideas ‘globally’ which I have no scope to take back in my ‘school’. I feel challenged by this every day.

  3. jackehill

    George – great start of an important conversation. What you are saying only scratches the surface of the implications of being a wholistic = a well rounded person who raises our connectedness and disire to learn about everything. “Think Globally, Act Locally” touches the classroom, school, world. Our international mindedness (similar to what the IB people promote) create a habit of mind that respects the dignity and wonder of our journey as learners everywhere.

  4. KLirenman

    I would think/hope that I am a global teacher, as i am a certainly a global learner. However there are times (this year being an extremely challenging year for me) where the needs within my own classroom must take precedents over my contribution to the school and the global community. My number one job is to be the best teacher I can be for the children that arrive at my classroom door each and every day. It is not to say that I am not contributing within my school, my district and beyond, but there are times when I need to say no to others so I can focus on the needs right in front of me.

  5. Excellent points here, George. Educators certainly have the tools to give kids access to cross-cultural, global learning opportunities…but not always the time or admin support. The Exchange 2.0 Coalition is sharing some insights via a webinar series this month on ‘virtual exchange,’ especially as it relates to teachers. Definitely worth checking out: http://bit.ly/virtualexchange

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