What Are Your Borders?

As a Fulbright Teacher for Global Classrooms 2018-2019 Fellow, I have crafted a global project incorporating Common Core Standards as well as ISTE Standards to share eventually (after COVID-19) and which will also serve as a resource for my school district (Manteca Unified School District) and any other interested educators to build global awareness and mutual understanding.

“What Are Your Borders?”

Driving Questions:

  • Why do we have borders?
  • What purpose do they serve?
  • How do we determine their value?
  • What happens when boundaries – physical, political & personal – are crossed?
  • Should borders ever be crossed, and, if so, why?

Project Summary/Big Idea

Borders may define us, but they should not limit us. This Unit Plan will guide Grades 4-12 teachers in leading their students through the process of studying and exploring physical, natural, political & personal borders. Deeper into the Unit, students will communicate, collaborate and discover new ways to think about borders, their purpose and their value. The ultimate goal is to build bridges and connections rather than borders between or around us!

My Fulbright TGC Capstone Project is available as a unit (see link below), but it will eventually go live  as a five-week project for any classroom around the world that wants to join. Invitations to join the project will be amplified on the Skype in the Classroom webpage as well as on social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram).

Watch this space for more information in December 2019.

If you and your classroom would like to participate, please drop me an email at tammydunbar@outlook.com !

The Unit Plan can be found at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jsVMz7KabWXPj1yw9yGs8Hf9dM7FZ7HcZlWrgbk5cyY/edit?usp=sharing

The “What Are Your Borders?” OneNote with additional resources can be found here: https://1drv.ms/u/s!AgQxnE4u-Py0gvEkEBaDYmaCUUlTdw

The PDF of my 2019 SJCOE Tech Summit Presentation “Opening Your Classroom to The World” can be downloaded here: SJCOETechSummit2019_OpeningYourClassroomToTheWorldFINAL

This blog is not an official U.S. Department of State blog. The views and information presented are the grantee’s own and do not represent the Teachers for Global Classrooms Program, IREX, or the U.S. Department of State.