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Greetings from all of us here at THINK Global School.
We’re pleased to share that September marks our tenth anniversary as an educational institution. It’s been an incredible journey so far, with each year as memorable as the over 25 countries we’ve now called home. Our decade of discovery has also introduced us to an incredible array of students, staff, speakers, and everyone in between, reinforcing the notion we are all in this together, regardless of hometowns or backgrounds.
Ironically enough, we now find ourselves grounded by the pandemic, patiently waiting for the time when we can dust off our passports and resume learning in countries across the world. In the interest of staff and student safety, the decision to resume travel will be made when the time is right. Until then, our 57 students are learning remotely from the comfort of their homes.
While we can’t leverage place at the moment, the project-based portion of our Changemaker Curriculum has kept our students engaged this term through a series of innovative modules.
Our CM1 students are thinking big and acting small by learning about the concept of design thinking. Design thinking revolves around developing a deep understanding of the people for whom the products are being created. For their project, students are working in teams to build a product that incorporates design thinking and our core value of empathy to meet the needs of a community we serve. Each group will select one of the following human needs to be at the core of their project: sustainability, human connection, fairness/justice, health/wellbeing, or political and economic systems.
CM2 students were given the choice of three mini-modules to participate in, allowing our new students to acquaint themselves with the Changemaker Curriculum and THINK Global School’s method of learning. The common thread between all three mini-modules being a focus on three fundamental human needs: food, shelter, and health.
The first mini-module explores the culture of food, asking participants to answer the driving question of “How can I share my food culture to the world?” Since our students hail from all across the globe, this module will provide an opportunity to learn about each other’s cultures.
The second mini-module is an introduction to the foundation of global health, and asks students to answer the driving question: “How can I address some of the present threats to global health while promoting human rights and social progress?” Students are discussing the complexity of global health challenges and their close relationships to human rights initiatives before tackling a global health challenge for a project of their own.
The third mini-module is centered around the concept of biophilic interiors, with participants answering the following driving question: “How can I incorporate biophilic design to upgrade my living spaces at home?” This module will teach students how natural and green elements can be introduced into their living quarters since our wellbeing is so closely linked to our physical surroundings.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this overview of what our students are up to this term and that you are doing well during these trying times. Feel free to reach out to us with any feedback at email@example.com.