By Marissa Engelhard, TES author and guest blogger
How do you help your students connect with the world around them?
Every year, we celebrate Columbus sailing the ocean blue in 1492. While Columbus sailed with the idea that the world was not flat, Thomas Friedman's popular book, The World is Flat, brings up some valid points against this explorer. Technology has leveled the playing field in business, and students need skills that allow them to relate to their peers outside of the four walls of the classroom.
They were just ordinary people — a latin teacher who traveled the world by boat, a social studies teacher who qualified for the olympic trials, a curriculum writer and English tutor who knit by night, and a biology teacher who taught in Africa and the US — until one fateful day in San Francisco in the year of two thousand and fifteen.
by Geneva Chapman, TES author and guest blogger
Many assume that authentic learning or addressing real-world problems is limited to community service projects in schools, when activities with authenticity actually do not require a problem or public service. Sometimes, authentic learning activities can be as simple as mounting a theatrical production, such as an elementary school version of the holiday favorite The Nutcracker.