Effective Instructional Approaches
Edited By Lydiah Nganga, John Kambutu and William B. Russell III
Chapter Twenty: Creative Pedagogies in Integrating Global Awareness in Secondary Social Studies Curricula in Teacher Education Programs and Schools: Toni Fuss Kirkwood-Tucker
Toni Fuss Kirkwood-Tucker
The teacher is the ultimate gatekeeper of what is being taught in the classroom.
S. Thornton, 2005
Social studies teachers play a key role in preparing students for effective citizenship in a global age. The challenge of this responsibility is reflected in the following selection from The Wind in the Willows (Grahame, 1908), which provides a wonderful springboard when you first introduce the concept of global awareness to your students:
“So–this–is–a–River.” The Mole had never seen a river before. “The River,” corrected the Rat. “But what lies over there?” asked the Mole . . .”That? Oh, that’s just the Wild Wood,” said the Rat shortly, “we don’t go there very much, we river-bankers.” “Aren’t they—aren’t they very nice people in there?” asked the Mole a trifle nervously. “W-e-ll, let me see. The squirrels are all right. And the rabbits—some of ’em; the rabbits are a mixed lot. And then there’s the badger, of course . . . nobody interferes with him. They’d better not,” he added significantly. “Well, of course—there are others, weasels and stoats and foxes and so on. They’re all right in a way, I’m very good friends with them, pass the time of day when we meet and all that—but . . . well, you can’t really trust them and that’s the fact.” “And beyond the Wild Wood again?” the Mole asked, “where it’s all blue and dim . . . ?” “Beyond the Wild Wood comes the Wide World,...
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