2018 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship

Before coming to Washington DC in October of 2017 for the Global Learning Fellows Workshop, I was asked to do some homework. I needed to ask a group of students the following question:

Do you think it’s important to learn about and understand different cultures? Why or why not?

I asked my 6th graders the question and had them write their responses on sticky notes. When the bell rang, the students left their notes on the whiteboard. Some of those responses are posted here.

As a 6th grade geography teacher, one of my highest priorities is to provide my students exposure to their outer world and kindle a flame and desire to yearn for more understanding of others’ perspectives on our planet.

Because of this, I opted to interview a few of my former students who are 7th graders this year. A low-quality copy of that video is posted here:

[Video to be loaded when the author figures out which format can be uploaded and will work on this site!]

Among my 6th graders, here were a few Post-It notes that indicate the majority of my students’ attitudes. The prompt they were responding to, once again:

Do you think it’s important to learn about and understand different cultures? Why or why not?