Learning Circles - January - May

Setting the Standard for Excellence in K-12 Student Collaborative Project Work

iEARN Global Learning Circles provide a structure for students around the world to connect work on projects as a team. Twice a year (September and January), teachers can enroll their classes in either Hello World or Global Learning Circles. Circles are formed of students from 6-8 classrooms and together they plan a set of challenges for each other. The result is authentic student work and true international collaboration. By having each classroom plan part of the circle work, the project work can be integrated with classroom learning while extending it by have students "learn with the world."

The following is a list of projects that will be offered this semester: Grade Levels are indicated for each project – Elementary (E), Middle (M), and High School (H):

  • Hello World (5 and 10-week Sessions): These circles serve as an introduction the learning circle model and provides a taste of working in a virtual global classroom.
    • Hello World (5-week session; E, M, H): This 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.
    • Hello World (10-week session; M, H): The Hello World 10-week experience takes classes through the same structure as the 5-week Hello World, but is for teachers who want their students to communicate peer-to-peer in the iEARN Collaboration Centre.
  • Theme-Based Learning Circles (10 and 16-week sessions): These longer, theme-based circles, have a curricular structure that revolves around a set of phases from the opening and closing of the circles. Teachers receive weekly messages helping them to support their students' work in these global virtual classroom circles.
    • My Hero: First Steps
    • Computer Chronicles
    • My School (10-week session; E, M): This circle is for elementary and middle school allows students to present information about their classroom and their school. Participants may choose to write stories, take photographs, prepare multi-media presentation, create video, or use other media formats to share and highlight information about their school.
    • Global Issues (16-week session; M, H): Global Issues encourages students to discuss a broad range of educational, environmental, social, political, and economic issues with concern on how they affect the Earth's entire population. Projects 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.
    • Places and Perspectives (16-week session; E, M, H): The Places and Perspectives 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.

There are two sessions each year, September to January and January to May for the Global Learning Circles. To join iEARN Learning Circles, you must first be a member of iEARN and register two weeks before the beginning of the session.

Registration is now open for the September 2023 to January 2024 session of iEARN Global Learning Circles. To REGISTER, VIEW THIS TUTORIAL.

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    Schedule for 2023 Learning Circles

    September to January Session:

    Hello World (5-week project)
    • Begins: September 30, 2023
    • Ends on/around: November 4, 2023
    Hello World (10-week project)
    • Begins: September 30, 2023
    • Ends on/around: December 16, 2023
    Learning Circle Themes (5, 10 and 16-week Projects)
    • Begin: September 30, 2023
    • End on/around:
      • November 4, 2023 (5-week)
      • December 16, 2023 (10-week)
      • February 3, 2024 (16-week)

    All Learning Circle Placement forms are due by September 28, 2023.

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