土曜講座『グローバルエッセンス』第２回を行いました。Global Essence No.2
On Saturday, May 19th, we had our second Global Essence class for this year. There were about 40 students from junior and senior high in attendance for the event. The topic was “Who We Are and Our Connection”. During this 90 minute seminar, students worked together interactively to discuss their connection to other countries around the world. Each student received a worksheet consisting of 4 parts; A, B, C, and D.
For Part A, students worked individually, researching on their iPads about 2 countries other than Japan (Russia and Argentina). The countries were chosen by tossing a small globe ball and whatever country a student volunteer’s thumb was touching after they caught the ball was the country they would research. When they found something interesting about the country, they wrote a fact for each on their worksheet.
For Part B, students met with a partner and shared their research. They wrote down the 2 facts that their partner found in the spaces provided on the worksheet. So, now they had a total of 2 facts for both countries.
For Part C, students met with a second partner and shared the research they gathered in Part A and Part B, writing the facts in the spaces provided on the worksheet. Now they had a total of 4 facts for Russia and 4 facts for Argentina.
Finally, Part D. This was a time for student reflection and discussion in groups of 4. Like before, these 4 students were different from the partners chosen before, enabling students the opportunity to embrace multiple opinions and ideas other than their own. Students discussed the following questions:
1.) What is the same between the countries and Japan?
2.) What is different?
3.) How can these countries help Japan?
4.) How can these countries benefit from Japan?
5.) What do you appreciate most about these other countries?
6.) What is the connection between these other countries and Japan?
Where in Parts A, B, and C, students worked together developing not only their researching skills, but also their ability to confidently communicate and share their ideas about other countries, during Part D students were able to explore more deeply about the connection between the two researched countries and Japan. Through this discovery, students came to realize and develop a deeper understanding of how we can find a connection between all of us, no matter where we are from.
THINK GLOBAL / ACT LOCAL = LET’ S BE GLOCAL!!
文責：Eric / Ito