In COW this week, we will continue our look at human trafficking. Last week, students were introduced to the issue of human trafficking, and took a survey that identified contributions they have made to contemporary slavery issues without even knowing it.
This week, we will expand on that knowledge through examination of some documentaries and also by getting involved in some case studies on the issue.
In COW class, we have shifted our focus from looking at the Economy compass point to now looking at the Society compass point. Last week, we began with the topic of the Digital Divide, in which students learned about the gap that exists between those who have access to technology (primarily the internet) and those that do not. In groups, they developed a plans that would address the digital divide in the Philippines – where 65% of people do not have internet availability.
This week, we will shift our focus to the societal topic of contemporary slavery and human trafficking. Students will gain an understanding of how every country in the world struggles with this topic, and will also learn about ways that they may be supporting slavery without even being aware of it.
This week in COW, we will conclude our look at the Economy compass point. This will conclude with a case study related to Metro Manila in which we examine some of the economic hardships faced by some residents of the city in which we live.
Towards the end of the week, and using our case study as a springboard, we will transition to an examination of the “Society” compass point.
This week in Changing Our World, we will continue our look at the Economy compass point.
Last week, students were introduced to GDP and GDP per capita and learned about what they represent. We also learned how these two indicators can show significantly different things about a country.
This week, we will continue looking at how the subject of “economy” plays a significant role in many global issues. Students will examine the role that they play in this, and will also participate in a simulation designed to illustrate issues involving inequity of income.
This week in Changing Our World, students will begin the week with some activities dedicated to forming a solid understanding of the Compass Points (Nature, Society, Economy, and Well-Being) that will be used for the remainder of the year as we examine global issues.
Towards the end of the week, we will move into examining the “E” compass point (Economy) in more detail. Though we will be looking at compass points individually at times, the point of using the Compass Points is to show that almost every global issue has impacts in all the Compass Points.
This week in Changing Our World, we will begin by finishing our student-led lessons related to the various CWW topics. Following the completion of these lessons, we will progress into lessons related to the “Compass Points” that we use as a guide for the Changing Our World class.
These Compass Points are also used at ISM – especially by the high school – as a method of looking at global issues. The cardinal directions represent: N – nature, S – society, E – economy, and W- well-being.
The personal goals that students have been setting for the first quarter of COW have focused on the well-being aspect, as in “What changes can we make to create a better world?” For the remainder of the school year, we will examine each of the other compass points, beginning with “Economy” towards the end of this week.
This week in Changing Our World, students will be presenting the lessons that they have spent the past couple of weeks developing. These lessons – which will be 20-30 minutes in length – will focus on issues that were researched prior to the CWW week, and experienced first-hand during the CWW week. Issues of focus will be:
Industrial Agriculture / Animal Abuse – Tuesday
Malnutrition / Child Abuse – Thursday
Lack of Access to Education / Disability Discrimination / Marine Environment Destruction – Friday
Last week in COW, students began a project related to teaching their fellow classmates about an issue of focus from their CWW site. This week, both blocks will be spent on continuing to plan that lesson, with delivery of these lessons to occur next week.
In addition to this, students should should continue to work towards their month-long goal of “Changing Our World.” This is the second week of this individual project, and students should be expanding on their goals from the first week.
With the Classroom Without Walls coming up next week, this week in Changing Our World, students will complete their research into the issue which they will be facing at CWW next week.
So far in our research, students have been using print materials and online databases in an attempt to first gain credible knowledge about the issue. This week, students will have to be more critical, as we add in websites. Having the ability to distinguish between credible and non-credible websites is an important skill of focus in 8th grade, and students will have the ability to demonstrate their skills in this area this week.
Students should also be working on their paraphrasing skills as they compile their research notecards into NoodleTools. I have checked notecards of each student already and provided some feedback.
Assignments for this Week
Issue Investigation – minimum of 15 COMPLETE notecards (direct quote and paraphrase) done by Friday @ 9PM in NoodleTools.
Issue Investigation – Two Research Questions (for CWW) in “Reseach Question” section of NoodleTools project.
This week in Changing Our World, our focus will shift from examining human rights to looking at some current global issues. After considering the current issue that each of them feel is most pressing, students will develop a plan for addressing this issue at a personal, local, and global level.
This week, students will also continue conducting research into the issue associated with their CWW site. Students should be compiling their research in notecards using NoodleTools.