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iEARN Global Learning Circles: January to May 2020

iEARN Global Learning Circles are highly interactive, project-based partnerships among a small number of schools located throughout the world.   There is a topic of interest for everyone on all grade levels.  The project will run from January 30 through May 15, 2020.  You can sponsor your own project idea or just participate in someone else's project.  Since you will be guided by facilitators along each step of the process, Learning Circles is an excellent choice for beginners as well as experienced iEARN teachers.

To join iEARN Global Learning Circles, you must complete a placement form at least two weeks before the beginning of the session. Once you complete the placement form you will be placed in a Circle for the next session.

Interested?  Please review the choices below, and then click Join this Space at the bottom of this page and fill out the registration form on the following page.

New this year are 5 week-long Learning Circles for beginners at the Elementary, Middle, and High School levels.  The new Hello World: Learning Circles are for teachers and students who have never participated in a Learning Circle.  This 5-week experience will introduce teachers and students to the basics of Learning Circles including Teacher Introductions, Class Surveys, and the Exchange of Information.  If you have never participated in a Learning Circle before and you would like to know what it is like, this is the place to begin your Learning Circle experience.

Below is the list of projects that will be offered for beginning and experienced participants:

Grade Levels are indicated after each project – Elementary (E), Middle (M), and High School (H)

5-Week Project for Beginners (Projects will begin on March 1, 2020)
Hello World (E, M, H)
My Hero (E, M, H)

10-Week Projects (Projects will begin on January 30, 2020)
Places and Perspectives (E)
My Hero (E, M)
Global Issues: Children's Rights (M, H)

16-Week Projects (Projects will begin on January 30, 2020)
Places and Perspectives (M, H)
My Hero (M, H)
Early People Symbols Project (E, M)
Global Issues: Environment (M, H)
Global Issues: Education (M, H)

More information about the project can be found at http://www.globallearningcircles.org/.

Early People Symbols Project: Elementary and Middle School students will explore the meanings of their cultural symbols. They will start by doing research (Internet, local libraries, museums, art books, and artifacts such as rugs, wall, ceiling, floor drawings, pictographs, etc.) in their communities. Then, they will briefly tell the story related to the symbol using journals, Voice Threads, PowerPoint Presentations, videos or digital photos.  Students are also invited to create a drawing or painting using these symbols.

Global Issues: Children's Rights: This 10-week Learning Circles will allow students to discuss a broad range of social, political, educational, health, and economic issues that affect the rights of children throughout different countries around the world.  This project will be done in conjunction with the Talking Kites Around the World Project and the culminating activity will involve students constructing kites that feature images of students’ dreams for a better world, a world of co-existence, tolerance, acceptance of others, and peace. Kites will be flown around the March Equinox. This project will center around online discussion and the shared experience of flying kites on the same day of the year.  The final project will involve document the experience with photographs, videos, and stories of the students’ experiences.

Global Issues: Education: Ethis project encourages students to investigate education as a fundamental human right as well as the broad range of issues regarding education throughout the world. Students will develop global education perspectives by sharing regional and global practices.  Projects will range from identifying current issues to investigating new and unique educational practices being used around the world.

Global Issues: Environment: this project allows students to discuss a broad range of environmental social, political, and economic issues with concern and affect the Earth's entire population. Projects will focus on identifying and developing solutions for the countless issues that face the Earth's inhabitants.  This curriculum encompasses many subject areas including sociology, science, government, history, and economics.

Hello World: This 5-week Learning Circle is for teachers and students who have never participated in a Learning Circle.  This experience will introduce teachers and students to the basics of Learning Circles including Teacher Introductions, Class Surveys, and the Exchange of Information.  If you have never participated in a Learning Circle before and you would like to know what it is like, this is the place to begin your Learning Circle experience.

My Hero Learning Circles: This project is a joint venture between Learning Circles and My Hero. These Circles bring together students and teachers who are interested in collaborating with other schools from diverse areas of the world on the topic of My Hero through writing, photography, and digital video.  Final Projects will be created using the My Hero Web site Organizer.  The 5-week project is for participants who have never participated in My Hero Learning Circles before.

Places and Perspectives: This popular project encourages students to explore regional history, culture, government, and geography by sharing their knowledge with people from different locations. The goal is to help students understand how historical events and geographic conditions interact to help shape their lives and gives them a deeper understanding of themselves, their families and their communities.  Each classroom sponsors a project for a section in the Places and Perspectives Review.

For more information, please contact Barry Kramer at [email protected].



The iEARN Global Learning Circles: January to May 2020 Collaboration Space is a moderated space. A Space Administrator will add you to the right Collaboration Group.