Teacher Review for Global Oneness Project

Meaningful resources for teaching

Mary Ellen N.
Classroom teacher
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Science
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Small group
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
How I Use It
Global Oneness Project is a video / essay producer and aggregator for topics that are extremely useful for me as a teacher of Ecology. I have used both full-length films such as Earthrise, smaller films such as Sanctuaries of Silence, and VR films such as Atomic Tree in my classes. The films all come with curricular suggestions, with pre- and post-viewing activities. The post-viewing 'conversation cards' are excellent, and provoke deep discussion of important issues. I have used both the videos and the photoessays as a way to to inspire my students to make their own creative and content-based work. While studying climate change, I used some of these gentle films as a way to approach meaningful, delicate and sensitive topics such as the role of humanity in shaping the environment, interconnectivity and taking the perspective of the natural world. I have used the products with my English language learners as well as my native speaker classes. Earthrise was such a success in my classes that we shared it with the whole school during community meeting; my boss let me know that it was the best community meeting we'd had all year. Everything worked!
My Take
Honestly, the most important contribution to my classroom from GO Project products is that they INSPIRE my students. Bringing in that outside voice can be so refreshing (especially at the end of a long MI winter!). There is a liminal quality to the videos, photoessays and curricular guide that is approachable at many levels. I came to the conversation cards with a little bit of skepticism, but I have seen that my students WANT to be asked these tender questions. I have had very excellent communications with the good folks at GO Project; I have a sense that they are eager and delighted to be consulted about this work. I think this resource is really at the beginning of what they can do. I'm grateful for the resources on the GO Project site.