Frequently Asked Questions!
by teachers, school leaders, parents, and you!
"What do you mean by global literacy?"
When we think about literacy, we are thinking of not just "learning to read", but "reading to learn".
Thinking critically about everything in us and around us. Thinking about what's inside, not just what's on the surface -- of people, things, products, services, messages, etc.
In a similar way, we think of global literacy as a journey, not an end.
Not just learning about the world as a finite process, but continually seeking new understanding in a way that enables us to effectively connect with one another in a rapidly-adapting world.
"What do you mean by empathy?"
We think of empathy as the journey of understanding the unique perspectives and qualities and feelings and dreams and desires and challenges of ourselves and one another. What makes us uniquely complex and beautiful? What inextricably connects us? What are we feeling? What are we thinking?
It's more than stepping into the shoes of another. It's stepping into the hearts, the heads, the eyes.. everything.
In a way, it's like mindfulness at an interpersonal and collective level.
The challenging practice of keeping our curiosity and wonder alive and kicking. (Tweet)
"What about Creativity? Collaboration? Grit? Curiosity? Just empathy and global literacy?"
These all matter too. The stories, videos, and lesson plans are designed in a way to bring about the practice of all the things that make humans beautiful and amazing. Don't worry. The entire curriculum is designed around the lives and experiences and perspectives of unique humans around the world -- every value and character trait and practice finds its way in somewhere within the curriculum. In powerful ways, too.
What resources does Better World Ed provide (so far)?
STEMpathy Challenge Lesson Plans
The Classroom Relevance-ifier (Weave Stories With Academic Objectives)
Rigid academic standards and core curriculums run the world. So we build friendly 1-Page narrative lesson plans (look to the left, to the left) about each story that help you engage your class and meet your academic goals.
STEMpathy Challenge Stories
The Curiosity Feeder (Begin to Understand)
We'll find written stories (3-6 per video; example linked to the right) about the person we've observed in the video. Here we can challenge our assumptions. And we can begin to further understand this person's unique perspective.
STEMpathy Challenge Videos
The Curiosity Sparker (Desire Understanding)
In the "Classroom Content" tab, we'll find globally adaptable videos of incredible people. We identify people we profile through social enterprise partnerships, and we focus on people in diverse roles of the ecosystem.
Global Literacy Resources
The Zoom Out (Learn About The Ecosystem)
In the "Global Literacy Deep Dives" tab, we'll find:
1) curated videos and quick quizzes;
2) big thematic questions, ideas, and mini social enterprise case studies to guide exploration, discussion, and action steps;
3) an overview of the core purpose of each topic and the interconnections between topics and Empathy Challenges.
These are great resources to leverage when looking to learn more about the bigger picture topics after engaging in Empathy Challenges. And when looking to start taking action in a way beyond the classroom learning. To support us in starting out effectively with the ecosystem in mind and heart all steps of the way.
How can we implement these resources in our classrooms today?
There are so many ways educators are using these resources in their classrooms. We encourage you to browse around the spreadsheet that we share once you sign up on the site -- this spreadsheet has a ton of resources to expand on those shared in the "Empathy Challenge Kits" section of this site. We're also beginning to put together videos showcasing different use cases. Here's an example (http://vimeo.com/channels/lessonplans), and there are more to come!