There’s a lot of conversation these days around the concepts of global learning and SEL (social-emotional learning).

Both are vital approaches to helping students grow into fully engaged young people, and there are creative ways teachers can combine global learning and SEL approaches to powerful effect.

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Global learning starts with investigating the world, recognizing perspectives, and then communicating ideas to take action to make the world a better place. For example, the United Nations has 17 Sustainable Development Goals that range from supporting endangered species to responsible consumption to ensuring that everyone has access to a quality education. I use these goals as a framework for global learning in my classroom.

About the Author:

Wendy Turner is a 2nd grade teacher at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School in Wilmington, DE. She is 2017 Delaware Teacher of the Year, a 2016 Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Teaching Science, and a 2019 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow. She is an Empatico Empathy Project Fellow. Find her @mrswendymturner.