New Year’s Retrospectives
January 6th 2011
One of my favorite parts of the end of the year is reading through the many top ten lists and retrospectives released in December. From the all-encompassing Time Magazine’s Top Ten of Everything to National Public Radio’s Best Albums of the year, to the Onion’s Top Ten (Fake) Stories of the Year, there is no shortage of lists to chose from.
For those of us working to educate students for global competency, I recommend checking out the New York Times’ Learning Network’s piece on end of the year retrospectives, which includes nine ideas for using retrospectives in the classroom. These are a great way to see if your students have been paying attention to the news over the past year, or if they haven’t, to at least have one last chance to inform them about some of the most important global events of the year. (See idea # 9: Teach the 2010 Highlights: the European debt crisis, the local impact of the unemployment rate, the Large Hadron Collider, the Burj Khalifa, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the Haiti earthquake, the midterm elections, J. D. Salinger, the Winter Olympics and World Cup, the rescue of the Chilean miners, WikiLeaks and the Eyjafjallajokull eruption, not to mention viral videos and Angry Birds.)
In addition to the ideas offered by the Learning Network, here are a few additional World Savvy strategies to build global competency as you look back on 2010:
1. Have students work in groups to choose a global issue, such as water, food, climate change, or immigration, and find 5-10 news articles on that issue from the past year. Have students create a retrospective on that issue over the past year (or ten years).
2. Make a list of New Year’s resolutions about how you, your school, your family, your community, your country or the world can live more sustainably in the coming year.
3. Split students into groups and have each group choose a country or continent. Students can research news highlights from their country or region and create a retrospective that they present to the class to share some under-reported stories from around the world.
4. Be the Change: What do students want to see change in 2011? What are they going to do in their own communities to help bring about that change at the local level? What do they propose others do at the state, national and global levels?
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