A groundbreaking roadmap for improving global literacy and conflict-resolution skills in middle and high schools across the United States. Find out more at: http://www.beacon.org/productdetails.cfm?SKU=3288. In this groundbreaking roadmap for improving middle and upper school students' global literacy, veteran educator Carl Hobert extends the idea of multiple intelligences to include global intelligence. A student's global intelligence quotient, or GIQ, is measured by levels of foreign language and cultural proficiency, technology and media savvy, participation in meaningful service learning, and a deep awareness of global conflicts—and how to prevent them more effectively. In the increasingly interdependent world that our students and children will inherit, creative problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration will be the keys to success. Schools and parents have a responsibility, Hobert argues, to provide our young people with the skills that will allow them to thrive as global citizens in the twenty-first century. To this end, Hobert draws on his nearly thirty years of teaching, developing curricula, and leading conflict-resolution workshops to offer classroom-tested, teacher-friendly approaches to help improve our children's GIQ. He focuses on five main areas in which GIQ can be integrated into curricula: offering foreign languages—including Chinese and Arabic—in earlier grades, using technology in the classroom to cross borders fluidly and seamlessly, engaging students in innovative conflict-resolution role-play exercises, weaving service learning into the fabric of instruction, and expanding international exchange programs. In each case, he includes practical examples and advice for realistically implementing these strategies. Cognizant that each school has its unique challenges, Hobert highlights opportunities to engage with other cultures and practice what he calls "a new form of preventive diplomacy," both abroad and in students' own communities. These transformative experiences enliven students' imaginations, awaken their moral reasoning, and impart lifelong social and civic skills, preparing them for a successful future as compassionate global citizens.
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