By Chantal Bonitto
John Eaton Elementary School (pre K-5) in Washington, DC implements global learning throughout their curriculum in real-world ways that are interesting to students.
Wendy Pugh, World Cultures Coordinator, shares one example of how educators at the school incorporate methods of global competence in their curriculum: an Eaton all-school math project connects math to global learning by allowing the students to “investigate the world” — one of the major tenets of global competence.
In this particular project, “Where in the World Are Your Shoes From?” students are asked to investigate the origin of their shoes for the purpose of creating and displaying the data collected using tables and graphs. The project incorporates understanding of information graphics, while allowing students an opportunity to investigate supply-side economics in a personal and interesting way. This leads to an awareness around international production of goods and services, and the interconnectedness of our world.
John Eaton Elementary, a member of Asia Society’s Partnership for Global Learning, has approximately 419 students the school in grades Pre-K through 5th. Not only does John Eaton’s instructional staff come from a wide variety of cultures, they also promote cultural understanding, acceptance of differences, and effective communication skills among their diverse student population.