EDUCATION: Globally Minded Teachers Are Key to Globally Minded Citizens

In anticipation of the new school year—and International Education Week 2012—here’s a spotlight on a group of inspiring teachers who know how to think outside the box…

Teachers. They make the world go ‘round…and we love them for that.

In particular, there are a number of globally minded high school teachers who definitely deserve a shout-out for recently screening Global Lens films to their students during World Cinema Week (an annual event sponsored by our Education Program). Get inspired by these educators’ stories, especially as we look forward to the new school year and to our next Education Program-sponsored event: International Education Week (November 12-16, 2012)!

-Students responding to their screening of A USEFUL LIFE (Uruguay), following World Cinema Week 2012. Via Beatriz Bufrahi, Video Instructor, Baltimore School for the Arts (Baltimore, MD)


“We had an insightful discussion following the films. What a wonderful way to bring culture to our school!”

-Steven Duffrin, World Languages Department Chairperson, Logan High School (Lacrosse, WI), on his students’ screenings of THE KITE (Lebanon) and THE PRIZE (Argentina) during World Cinema Week 2012


“For those using the films in the classroom, the feedback was very positive as it exposed them to another way of life and used our Theory of Knowledge where students try to understand why we think the way we do. We are hoping that we can make even more use of the films by creating a bookclub/movie theme in addition to the classroom use.”

-Diane Klaiber, Librarian, Sturgis Charter Public School (Hyannis, MA), on student’s and teacher’s screenings of FAT, BALD, SHORT MAN (Colombia) and MOURNING (Iran) during World Cinema Week 2012


Spanish 3 students at Middle College High (San Pablo, CA) screened THE PRIZE (Argentina) during World Cinema Week 2012!

“Both films were exceptionally motivating and mind-opening, and allowed our students to rethink the way they look at the ‘global community.’ [Students] learned about other people’s values, and were able to reflect on how we look at other countries.  For both films we gave our students an introduction to the [country's geographic], historical, ideological and contextual background, biography of the directors and…some discussion questions for [students] to think about while watching the films.”

-Laura de Toledo, Spanish Teacher, Language Lab Coordinator, The Chapin School (New York, NY), on her students’ screenings of OF LOVE AND EGGS (Indonesia) and THE PRIZE (Argentina) during World Cinema Week 2012


“Both films were a great success!…Students had a big group discussion after each film and generally got a very interesting glimpse of the diverse nature of these two societies! Thanks again for the support. These really rocked this year!!”

-Richard Katz, AP Human Geography Teacher, Roosevelt High School (Seattle, WA), on his students’ screenings of GETTING HOME (China) and OF LOVE AND EGGS (Indonesia) during World Cinema Week 2012


“I am a fan, myself, of many foreign films, but I know sometimes they can be difficult for American teenagers who are used to American action movies and comedies.  When we showed the two films, however, I was pleasantly surprised to see how engaged the students were.  They liked the stories and we discussed the plots extensively…Beyond the actual plots of the films, though, came the best discussions.”

-Jennifer Homan, Lead Teacher (Global Studies Academy), Forest Charter School (Nevada City, CA), on her students’ screenings of THE KITE (Lebanon) and OF LOVE AND EGGS (Indonesia) during World Cinema Week 2012


The moral of this story: any high school can host its own world cinema screening program using Global Lens films (we donate the DVDs to each participating high school!). Email to find out how you can bring Global Lens to a high school near you for International Education Week (November 12-16, 2012), or ask us how to purchase these films for your campus!


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