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In Course 1, you'll explore (a) aspects of effective teaching (b) educational theories (c) approaches to learning (d) contemporary issues in education, all for the purpose of applying what you learn to your classroom.


Learning with joy

Learning objective

In Course 1, teachers explore (a) aspects of effective teaching (b) educational theories and approaches to learning and (c) contemporary issues in education. The focus is on applying what has been learned directly to your classroom.


Course material and conversations with global colleagues.

List of Assignments

Assignment 1 : Your Assessment of Aspects of Good Teaching

Assignment 2 : The Power of Questions

Assignment 3 : Towards an Imagined Dialogue

Assignment 4 : Applying Theory

Assignment 5 : Critical Questions

Assignment 6 : One Day of Multiple Intelligences

Assignment 7 : Applying Multiple Intelligences

Assignment 8 : Towards a New Intelligence

Assignment 9 : Active Reading and Creating Dialogue

Assignment 10 : Starting with Your Classroom

Assignment 11 : Professional Reflections

Assignment 12 : Effectiveness of Course One


4 - 6 weeks

Required Reading : Education 2050 by Dee Dickinson.

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Education 2050

A different perspective

The 21st century marks the beginning of some key changes in education. A shift from:

  • regional views to global views
  • covering the material to uncovering the material
  • passive receipt of information to active inquiry
  • product orientation to process orientation
  • compliance and competition to collaboration and inquiry .

Here is what we mean: Education has often focused on one's own regional views. In a society with no interaction with the outsideworld, this might suffice. However, in our global society requiring different kinds of skills - an awareness of cultures, and collaborationacross borders - a regional view may not be enough. In fact, those regional views may be pushed by the current power in charge.

It used to be, too, that if one mastered a body of material and memorized facts, one would be considered a master as well. Thisview has held that there is a finite amount to know, and the one who accumulates the most - succeeds.

An educated person, however, is more than the sum of facts; s/he is able to think, to solve problems, to collaborate on newapproaches. An educated person relies on research and experience to uncover new questions, rather than simply cover the material. This requires an active and imaginative mind, an appreciation for risk and inquiry, and an ability to learn from one'smistakes.

We tend to think of these views by remembering the name of a person: Dr. CROSS . Each letter stands for education that meets the needs of children and inspires learning:

D iscovery : learning to uncover information and use it

R isk : taking a chance and learning from mistakes

C amaraderie : using the value of the group to enhance learning and pool resources

R eal Tasks with Real Consequences: providing opportunities to take on and be held accountable to challenges

O ut of the ordinary : moving beyond passive seat time to active learning in the community, out of doors, through one's ownexploration of interests

S kills : connecting all curriculum to national standards and educated competencies

S ervice : using education in a way that meets the needs of one's society

Defining terms

Global Education vs. Education that is Global

Teachers Without Borders is not about global education as the accumulation of facts about the world or geographylessons. While these are, indeed, important, we are focused on education that is global in the encompassing of methodologies that treat the wholechild, the subject as whole exploration, the integration of subjects with learning as a whole.

Traditional vs. Tradition

Another highlight is the difference between traditional and tradition. Alfred North Whitehead made this distinctionclear: He defines traditional as the "dead ideas of the living." He defines tradition as the "living ideas of the dead" - a nice distinction and a guide.No one wants to eliminate the masterpieces of bygone eras or dismiss one's history for the sake of the newest trend.

An educated person for the 21st century remembers and appreciates history, while simultaneously embracing the present. Infact, anything sustainable protects the future by grounding it in the past. Our courses reflect wisdom, whether that comes from the villager relying onoral tradition, or the scholar relying upon the written tradition of text and context.

Teachers Without Borders respects tradition and learning that stems from local communities, wherever they may be. In fact, we depend upon indigenous knowledge. We consider the cultural aspects of a society as one ofits pillars. We want to emphasize, therefore, the importance of the contributions that come from societies that may not have a written languageor contemporary technological devices. A 21st-century education, therefore, should not be substituted for "modern," "better," or"western." It follows that a 21st-century education celebrates and enhances wisdom wherever and whenever it takes place.

Questions & Answers

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
Maira Reply
nanopartical of organic/inorganic / physical chemistry , pdf / thesis / review
what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
ya I also want to know the raman spectra
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
yes that's correct
I think
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
nanocopper obvius
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
Smarajit Reply
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