Last but not least, all of you who are working on sustainable education with students are encouraged to send Keith Kelly and Stefka Kitanova your own work, classroom materials and articles for publication . Requirements and details are described in the inside cover of the journal.
Thursday, 29 June 2017
Thursday, 15 June 2017
Encourage your students to participate in the UNESCO Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition. In their own words, young people aged 15+ can demonstrate all their STEAMS (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics, Sports) skills by submitting their innovative ideas and projects with a societal impact, which champion and implement one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 related targets address the most important social, economic, environmental, health and governance challenges of our time.
First of all, register and create an account. If you have an innovative idea on one of the 17 SDGs, you can send your entry until the entry deadline (31 July 2017). You may also support your entry by submitting a video presentation of your idea or project (up to 3 minutes).
Entries will be posted on the competition website and are subject to online commenting and public voting. From among the finalists, the judges will make the final selection of three winners (Grand Prize, 2nd Prize and 3rd Prize) in each category.
Entries will be evaluated based on their entrepreneurial vision, feasibility, innovation, leadership, social impact, and sustainability, among other factors.
The People's Choice Prize will be given to the entry with the largest number of votes in each of the two categories.
In addition, an Entrepreneurship Campus Prize will be given to three entrants who have demonstrated outstanding ‘entrepreneurship spirit’ by actively taking part in the Entrepreneurship Campus.
Friday, 2 June 2017
In addition to providing meaningful listening, speaking and writing practice, debate is also highly effective for developing argumentation skills for persuasive speech and writing. Debating is, indeed, an essential thinking skill that our students have to practise in order not to be afraid to express their opinions when they are not the same as others’ . Equally important is the ability they will acquire to respect others’ opinions.
I would like to share a lesson plan that any teacher can use either for English language or for any subject which is implemented through English. It includes some guidelines for the chairperson, the timekeeper and the audience. You will also find a very simple assessment tool so that the students who act as the audience can take an active part throughout the debating process. I reckon this peer assessment tool would be an effective way to engage students and foster their critical thinking skills by asking them to assess their peers.
Apart from the lesson plan above, teachers will also need a tool to assess their students debating skills.
(With permission from: http://course1.winona.edu/shatfield/air/classdebate.pdf)
I believe that the 4 Cs which have become a must in our English classrooms can be developed in a natural way by setting up debates in our lessons throughout the academic year. We can also use debates as a tool to review argumentative language and specific vocabulary before the exam period we are immersed in right now.
Finally, I would like to recommend debatingmatters.com, a website which will help you to develop debates with your students on a huge range of topics. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics, Sport). Just brow subjects by A-Z here.
I hope that this article provides those of you who are interested in debate with enough to get started. Then, you will need to adapt the resources to suit your educational context needs . The best argument to defend debates is to keep in mind that they bring creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking together. Therefore, let’s debate in our classrooms and help students to become well-practiced critical thinkers.