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Minding the Globe

Noah Zeichner

December 23, 2015

Where in the World Will You Be Next Summer?

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If you are battling long airport security lines this week, planning your next big trip may seem like the last thing you want to be doing right now. But in many ways, winter break is the perfect time to start making plans for next summer. You have time and space to clear your head and to imagine yourself outside of the daily grind of teaching.

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Noah Zeichner

July 5, 2015

Talking About Summer

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My last day of school was June 17. In the days leading up to summer vacation, the majority of hallway conversations that I had with colleagues revolved around summer plans. At the same time, I couldn't help but notice a few snarky "Wow, it must be nice to have the summers off" comments from non-educators and even from one parent.

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Noah Zeichner

June 24, 2014

Professional Learning Takes Time

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Later this week I will be presenting a workshop at Asia Society's Global Learning annual conference in Brooklyn, New York. Asia Society is also behind the Global Cities Education Network (GCEN). Last month, CTQ released a report entitled "A Global Network of Teachers and Their Professional Learning Systems." Seven teachers, including me, who attended the GCEN meeting in Singapore last October, offer recommendations for how school systems can better structure and support professional learning for teachers.

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Noah Zeichner

May 20, 2014

Creating First Impressions Through Classroom Exchanges

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Earlier this year in an EdWeek Global Learning blog post, Heather Singmaster suggested some ways to work toward global competence in the classroom without getting on an airplane. One of her recommendations was to connect with local universities and groups such as World Affairs Councils who often host international visitors. This spring I did just that.

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Noah Zeichner

March 6, 2014

What Global Education Means to Me

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Last night I accepted the 2013-14 World Educator Award from the World Affairs Council of Seattle. It was a fun night with family, friends, colleagues, and students in attendance. Although I wasn't interrupted by music, my six-minute speech didn't leave room for extensive thank-yous. I would like to add an extra shout-out to the Center for Teaching Quality. CTQ has supported me in so many ways during the past few years.

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Noah Zeichner

December 20, 2013

Learning from other nations

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Make sure to check out the conversation taking place now on Ed Week Teacher's Teaching Ahead about what U.S. schools can learn from other nations. I wrote a piece about the need to decrease the amount of testing in our schools. Please let me know what you think by leaving a comment. You can also read about teaching in Finland, what testing looks like in Italy, a call for more movement in schools, and risk-taking teachers in China.

Have a great break and see you in 2014!

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Noah Zeichner

November 8, 2013

How Singapore Leaves No Child Behind

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In an Education Week Teaching Ahead column last May, I wrote about a former student who dropped out of high school to pursue a low wage, full time construction job. I tried to help him find a way to stay in school while still following his passion of working in construction. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to direct him to any options that would serve his interests and needs.

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