The shift to remote instruction for educators during the COVID-19 crisis created a lot of stress and uncertainty in education. To support educators and the mission of AFS-USA as a provider of intercultural learning, two series of webinars were delivered to educators around the country. Each webinar combines two intercultural learning lessons/activities with ideas to integrate intercultural thinking with the teachers’ content areas and grade levels. Additionally, the first series showcases educational technology platforms/applications that educators can use to connect with their students virtually to maintain contact with them and to continue moving content forward in areas of the country where students have some access to technology and internet.
Each handout is hyperlinked below for you to download (or copy the link) and send them directly to educators via email. The lessons are applicable for teachers of virtually every content area from grade 4/5 and above. All of these lessons are applicable to in-person instruction AND remote instruction and instructions are provided to support educators in both settings.
Webinar Series #1 – Two Lessons + Two Tech Tools per webinar
Interview Someone and True, False, Truly Amazing – One of these lessons helps students learn to evaluate sources of information by walking through a group activity and reflection involving interviews with local community members. The second lesson helps students connect emotionally with written material that the teacher provides through specific discussion prompts. This webinar will help a teacher see how to use Padlet (digital corkboard) and Zoom (live group discussions).
Routines & Traditions and Nacirema – Both of these lessons give teachers the tools to help students process a transition to virtual instruction, a change in traditions and find healthy ways to build new routines in the classroom. Great for the start of the school year and they can easily be done via remote instruction. This webinar will help a teacher learn how to use Flipgrid (asynchronous online dialoguing) and Symbaloo (site to capture links/digital resources in an organized fashion).
DIVE Method and Mapping My Community – One of these lessons is typical in a pre-departure orientation, but we show teachers how to use the DIVE method in their classroom to prompt observation without judgment. The second lesson encourages students to think deeply about their community and what aspects of it tie to their content area. This webinar shows teachers how to use Goosechase (virtual scavenger hunt) and Edpuzzle (application to attach questions to any video content).
Webinar Series #2 – Multiple Lessons Presented in 30 Minute Webinars
The What & Why – This webinar presents two lessons that piggyback off one another to prompt students to think about how their culture impacts their daily choices, behaviors and attitudes. Mentimeter.com is also shared as a quick and handy website to engage students in class both from home and in person.
Adaptability – Students will learn about the difference between “Me” and “We” culture and reflect on how those cultural elements impact society and decision-making. Additionally, they will look at what key behaviors and attitudes look, feel and sound like to determine if they connect to that subject area.
Critical Listening – This webinar shares three lessons which build on one another to help students process the importance of listening and the value of two-way communication. Students of all ages can enjoy Listen & Draw and the Paper Tear activities and students at the secondary can really engage with the Debate lesson provided by a Spanish teacher in Connecticut who was a guest speaker on the webinar.
From Cartoons to Classics – This webinar presents only one lesson but allows teachers to consider how they can use film, video, television and short clips to get students to think about the culture that is embedded or sensationalized in the media. A list of free media resources is provided in this lesson.