I’m about to embark on an international classroom collaboration with my Year 10 History class and some students who attend the school where my cousin teaches in Detroit, USA. Our students will discuss world events, their interests, and their perspectives on issues and challenges that they face as young people in an increasingly globalised world.
This has not been done at my school before, so I am very aware of breaking new ground for my students and of my responsibility to mentor them and protect them while flinging them out of the proverbial comfort zone of our classroom “nest”. The online classroom environment where this collaboration will take place will be monitored and moderated by myself and the American students’ teacher, who I’m sure shares my anxieties and my excitement as we embark on this experimental educational journey together.
I’m excited because while these kids’ lives are worlds apart, they live in the same world and witness the same events from their own unique perspectives. I’m excited about collaborating with another teacher and having our personal professional horizons broadened, too.
My hope is that they will broaden their horizons and see things from different points of view while becoming more aware of what is happening in the world around them.
Hopefully we will all be inspired as well as informed.