In a professional development (PD) workshop earlier in the year, several of my fellow teachers and I were given a set of random statements and asked to interpret them and develop a unit around them. Anything. Open the box and jump around. What came out the other end turned out to be so potentially cool that I’ve decided it will be my next unit of the year – tentatively called, ‘Keeping up with the Neighbors’ – a look at current events through the lens of global interactions, power and causality. Inquiry questions need work, but I like where this is going. The poster below reflects the six statements from our PD exercise – all related to interactions and the implications surrounding ones action: the Suarez canal, US support to India for the UN SC, Snowden asylum, missile testing in Iran, lifting sanctions in Myanmar, and the kidnapping of truck drivers in Lebanon. As always, suggestions and comments are most welcome! This is a classic example of building the plane as we fly. Updates to follow on what I expect to be an interesting trip for all!
Keeping up with the Neighbors