London Towne Global Classroom Program
During the 2017-18 school year, London Towne participated in the pilot Global Classroom program that FCPS implemented in 8 schools. Our 5th grade AAP class collaborated with 5th graders at our partner school, Instituto Psicopedagogia Integral y Colegio Isaac Martin (IPICIM) in San Jose, Costa Rica to solve an authentic science-related problem, determining fresh ideas for our recycling program. Students at both partner schools proposed solutions to each other via Skype and provided each other feedback.
In the 2018-19 school year, FCPS expanded Global Classroom to 18 schools and London Towne continued our collaboration with IPICIM, involving our 3rd grade Spanish immersion students. We used the project-based learning model to solve an authentic problem in our partner country, constructing models suggesting how IPICIM could collect and reuse rainwater. Our 3rd grade peers at our partner school proposed improvements to London Towne's courtyard, using their own sensory garden as inspiration.
In the 2019-20 school year, the participating classes continued their collaboration in 4th grade, sharing details about their daily lives and swapping sensory garden ideas via the digital recording tool, Flipgrid. London Towne students are working to incorporated their Costa Rican peers' ideas as we improve our own courtyard garden, such as creating murals, insect hotels, and bilingual signs for native plants.
During the 2022-2023 school-year, 6th grade students continue our participation with Global Classroom Project with our new partner school, Colegio Merici in Cuajimalpa, CDMX, México. Students have been exploring sustainability goals and are ready to take action as Ethical and Global Citizens! Through research and consideration of community needs, students are focusing on taking on the goal of Climate Action. Through collaborative efforts, students see the value of seeking ways to promote change that is environmentally beneficial. This opportunity is leading them to not just thinking globally but to think critically about how our choices impact greater communities and future generation. As our efforts continue the plan will continue to develop around ways, we at London Towne can take action and share these with our collaborating school using technology to communicate ideas and to provide feedback. Focus will be on recycling, reusing or repurposing, and creating a local sustainable food system.
All students participating in the Global Classroom project increase their cultural responsiveness by learning about their partner country’s culture as well as forming relationships with their long-distance peers. The students will focus on the Portrait of a Graduate attributes of Communicator, Collaborator, and Ethical and Global Citizen. As Ethical and Global Citizens in action, students also have the opportunity to address a global issue, as defined by the United Nations in their Sustainable Development Goal. Our project relates to goal #15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.