The IB global lessons for 2012 celebrate the World Day for Cultural Diversity, for Dialogue and Development. This UN celebration is observed annually on May 21. Its goal is to promote cooperation among the world's civilizations and peoples, irrespective of race, disabilities, religion, language, culture or tradition.
Make cultural diversity a subject for teaching and learning
Inspiration for teaching and learning
This year's lessons focus on the arts as expressions of culture and use artistic traditions to explore the meaning of culture and cultural expression.
Please use or adapt these curriculum designs for your own context and timing. They are models of good practice useful for professional development and school-based planning. For IB World Schools, they offer opportunities to address Programme standards and practices for IB philosophy, organization, and curriculum.
There are many suggestions for other learning engagements that schools, classes, and individuals can undertake for exploring culture and cultural interactions. Search for "culture" or "multicultural" to begin your inquiry. Share your discoveries by adding a comment below!
Share your own lesson plans or ideas for activities with others
Post unit plans, lesson plans or ideas for activities for the World Day for Cultural Diversity in any subject to this website. Please contribute in the area For teachers and tag with:
Further information, resources and links about the World Day for Cultural Diversity
See also suggestions for additional resources in the curriculum resources developed for each programme.
How about a suggestion for your book club? Consider Amin Maalouf's In the Name of Identity (translated from the French by Barbara Bray), Penguin Books, 2000.
Want to learn and do more? There are project organizers for 'health and disease' in each volume of the Global Issues series, published by Oxford University Press (OUP) in cooperation with the IB. These resources-- developed especially for students across all five years of the IB Middle Years Programme-- read more about in the IB Store.
This is a new write-in resource supports interdisciplinary learning and mirrors best classroom practice . It can be purchased directly from OUP.
Make global challenges a visible part of your classroom and engage your students with the activity suggestions presented on this large A2 wall calendar. Designed to be used year after year, each calendar page highlights a different global challenge for that month.
Each month of the calendar includes:
You might also be interested in Educating for Global Citizenship by Boyd Roberts.
Capture your inquiry, reflection, and action
Keep a record of what happens in the lesson or activity or any action or inquiry that results. Consider sharing your work with others in the IB community. In writing, photos, video or audio recording, post to this site.
After your unit/ lessons and service learning