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I have been an elementary and secondary school teacher and administrator. Currently, I am a faculty member in the Faculty of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. My M.Ed. and Ph.D. had a focus on the educational and linguistic experiences of children who moved from other countries to Canada.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Chocolate and Fair Trade: Being Intentional about Glocal Education

Tomorrow night, I will be sharing with our Glocal group at the Laurier Faculty of Education, a lesson on fair trade, specifically chocolate! The lesson is tied to the Ontario curriculum and the basis for the lesson can be found at:


There are many ways that teachers can connect global issues into their classroom. I remember my first year Political Science course professor in university (John Redekop) who started every class with a Q and A of news from around the world. I continued this when I was teaching at the high school level and found it a great way to keep my students (and myself) informed of global events.

Being intentional and purposeful about glocal education is important because it's too easy to fall into the trap of delivering a prescribed curriculum without considering global and local connections to the subject and skills being taught.

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