Volume 1, Issue 2: Letter from the Editor Kristen MacConnell, Ph.D.

Welcome to the second issue of Globally Informed, an online peer reviewed journal for international educators, by international educators. In the second issue of Globally Informed we feature a variety of contributions around authentic learning, language learning, and student engagement. We are also excited to introduce a new feature to the journal: an interview with an influential thinker in the field of education. In this issue I interviewed David Price, author of the book Open: How We’ll Work, Live, and Learn in the future.

This issue begins with an article by Dominic Carillo, from the Anglo-American School of Sofia in Bulgaria, who provides a guide for teachers to plan high interest writing projects for students. If you are looking for ideas about how to engage students in meaningful work for an authentic audience, this article is a must read. Following the theme of writing for an authentic audience, Bret Gosselin from Coppell High School in Dallas, Texas shares his passion for lifting academic rigor for students who are English Language Learners by incorporating student voice and choice in his teaching practices and making learning public.  

Our next two articles explore the idea of learning through reading in another language. Bianca Nunes and Matt Hajdun from the American School of Brasilia in Brazil unpack close reading. Bianca and Matt share teaching strategies to support English Language Learners with understanding critical vocabulary, scaffolds for engaging in in-depth discussions and frameworks to synthesize learning. Andrea Adams from the Gary and Jerri-Ann Jacobs High Tech High in San Diego, CA challenges us to rethink traditional practices and mindsets on world language instruction in the classroom by using highly engaging literature to connect with students.

The final set of articles in this issue are related to student engagement. Tan Huynh from Vientiane International School in Laos, writes about the importance of making room for dialogic talk in the classroom – open-ended interchanges that invite students to exchange ideas, make claims, defend opinions, and explore questions. Tan reminds us that students should be talking to each other more than to the teacher. Marcus Meneghelo from Saint Francis College in Brazil shares his research and reflections on engaging students in learning through notetaking. He investigated the effects of notetaking by hand (in notebooks) in comparison to notetaking on devices. Finally, we have a piece written by Neil Jarrett from The Regent’s International School of Bangkok about bringing students together globally through the use of technology in the classroom.

In addition to articles, this issue features a photo essay by Chad Mills at the International School Nido de Aguilas in Chile.  Chad shares images from his journey, with several colleagues, to Antarctica where they learned about glacier melt from NASA scientists. These pictures reveal a “once in a lifetime” learning experience!

Recognizing and appreciating student work in each issue is also a focal point of Globally Informed. In this issue, we celebrate student journalists from the International School of Brussels (ISB) in Belgium who documented ISB’s first Learning by Design Conference for Educators. We also have a video of primary students reading a book written collaboratively. This video was provided by Brian Lalor from Xi’an Hi-Tech International School in China. Brian shares the strategies he used to foster language development in his classroom. 

Additionally, student artwork is woven throughout the issue created by students from both the  International School of Brussels as part of a jewelry making class, as well as artwork created as part of a global awareness initiative launched at Uruguayan American School, called “Defend our Planet.” Artwork from this initiative features student art from international schools in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, and Uruguay. If your school is interested in joining the global awareness initiative visit the student art gallery in this issue and read about their project.

We are currently accepting submissions for our next issue. The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2017. Click here for more information. Please consider submitting student work on behalf of your students or encouraging your students to submit their work independently. We are actively trying to grow this section of the journal. In addition to the journal we will be adding a new feature to the website: reviews of professional books. If you are interested in reviewing a book for the website, contact Kristen@globallyinformed.org.

Reflect. Collaborate. Inspire.

Editor and Founder

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