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“We must help children feel empowered…” November 4, 2010

Posted by Alex, Managing Director in International education, New releases.

Briony Taylor is a primary science teacher at at the Collège Du Léman International School in Geneva, Switzerland. John Catt Educational have this week released her first collection of lesson plans help primary years teachers to fill young minds with information, skills and procedures that can be applied to shaping our planet’s future.

This is the second part of our interview with Briony. Click here to read the first part, posted last week.

JCE: Explain about the format of the book.

I like teaching books to be easy to use so I tried to keep the instructions to the activities very simple and short. Teachers are busy people and we want to open a book and get inspiration for our lessons quickly. Each of the lessons in the book starts with a one-page lesson plan and then it is followed by short and sharp instructions for the various activities. This means it caters for those who want the extra detail of a lesson plan and those who just simply want some quick ideas. The activities cater for different learning styles and can be taught across all academic disciplines at any time of the day, which should make incorporating global issues into any teaching program easy and stress free.

JCE: Are you encouraged by the new generation of children learning about internationalism? What effect can learning about these global issues have on their future?

BT: Absolutely, I think it is vital that children are given the opportunity to learn about global issues. Global issues concern us all and children are exposed to them daily through modern technology and the media so as teachers we must help children to feel empowered to help solve these problems rather than being uninformed and fearful of them.

In my experience I have been very happy to see how passionate my students are about discussing global issues and how much they enjoy the challenge of thinking at a very high level while we examine each issue. Teaching global issues can help prepare children to become happy and responsible adults by teaching them how to be critical thinkers, problem-solvers, cooperative players, decision makers and excellent communicators.

JCE: What are your hopes for the book?

BT: As educators we have a responsibility to all human beings to help shape society. I hope that the book will encourage other teachers to incorporate more global issues activities into their lessons so that children can better understand the issues facing their world and the role they can play in it.

JCE: You will be presenting a session at the ECIS (European Council of International Schools) Conference in Nice from November 18-21.

BT: Yes. I have been presenting at the ECIS conference since 2007. A colleague of mine first gave me the opportunity to present in the Science Milkshake session. The Science Milkshake is a great session where teachers can share their favorite primary science lessons, it is a lot of fun and it is very hands on. This year I will also be doing two other sessions titled “Funology – Making Primary Science Fun” and “Teaching Global Issues to Primary School Children”.



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