OneWorld Classrooms' Four Standards
The following standards provide a framework for pursuing OneWorld Classrooms' mission: To foster cross-cultural understanding in the context of the
K-12 curriculum by building bridges
of learning between the classrooms of the world through the arts and technology.
STANDARD #1 Teachers and students will explore, learn and share information about their own culture and region as they explore and learn about other world cultures and regions.
By sharing who they are with overseas peers, students begin to look inward. Self-knowledge combined with meaningful connections with others creates positive self-esteem; a heightened understanding and appreciation of one's own place in the world; and a capacity to respect and learn about others.
STANDARD #2 Teachers and students will interact with overseas partner classes as a means to explore, learn and share cultural information.
A powerful learning connection is forged when students from different world regions communicate with each other. By directly interacting with their foreign peers, students take a much more personal and meaningful approach to learning about the world beyond their own experience.
STANDARD #3 Teachers and students will use the arts and technology as means to interact with others and to explore, learn and share cultural information.
In a world of many tongues, the arts are a universal means of communication which allow children of different regions and different cultures to interact beyond the barriers of language. Technology is a powerful educational tool that can open a classroom to the world and significantly expand the horizons of students.
STANDARD #4 Teachers and students will explore, learn and share in the context of the curriculum.
The curriculum is the framework within which teachers should design their interactive cross-cultural experiences. Project participation may be integrated into Math, Social Studies, Science, Language Arts, Foreign Language, Art and Music units with specific curricular objectives.