I. Design space to develop your 250-300 word abstract that summarizes your question, rationale, and your findings.

  • What is your question?

How do I develop my students' global skills in my English class to meet the needs of 21st century?

  • What is your rationale?

The rationale for my compelling question comes from my experience as a teacher and new ideas that I am learning. With the pace of globalization, the world becomes smaller and smaller. Even though we have different political, economic, or educational viewpoints, we need to dialogue and cooperate. Therefore, I have responsibility to help my students have a global consciousness from an early age. I should develop their global skills and make them become global learners, which help them in their future lives. I teach English at elementary school. I hope I can develop their global skills in my English class.

  • What are your findings?

My findings focus on 21st century skills, which are global competences. They include: 1) effective communication skills across linguistic and cultural boundaries; 2) using technology skills; 3) leadership skills, including collaboration ability, critical thinking and problem-solving ability. Therefore, from the perspective of English learning, since English has become one of the main languages in the world, students should master English language skills. They should learn English in the authentic context and communicate with global people naturally. In order to avoid conflict, students also should respect and tolerate diverse cultures. From the perspective of globalization, students should have the global consciousness and develop their communicative, cooperative, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Besides, students should use technology to facilitate their learning.

II. Design space to plan out your creative synthesis that will visually represent your findings. Remember to include your abstract in your visual representation.

Compelling Question:

  • Develop your compelling question related to student learning by the end of your first semester in the program. Decide on a question that you are passionate about and want to focus on for the duration of your program. Click here to learn more about what we mean by compelling question. Here are a couple of examples: How do I creatively and effectively engage diverse learners in my middle grades classroom? How can I effectively engage elementary students in reading and writing?

My Compelling Question:

How do I develop my students' global skills in my English class to meet the needs of 21st century?

Gather & Analyze Information:

  • Use coursework (including core courses ECI 546, 524, 523, 508 and your content specialty courses), individual investigations, and outside experts to explore different aspects of your question. Actively analyze information from multiple sources and perspectives as you explore answers to your question. Make a list here of the information you are analyzing. As you proceed with your analysis make some notes here about your initial findings and where you anticipate needing more information. Also, make sure to note if and how your compelling question has changed.

Creatively Synthesize Information:

  • Synthesize the information from and across your sources to create a unique response to your question. You should be able to distill your synthesis into 4-6 bullet points (to be included in your written abstract) as well as provide a creative visual representation of your findings. You may use a variety of media and tools to design your visual representation of your Creative Synthesis. Think carefully about the tools that you will use to represent your findings. The first draft of your Creative Synthesis should be developed no later than Midterm/NCSU Spring Break while you are taking the ECI 508, Teachers as Leaders class. Click here to see sample products from former students.

Critically Evaluate and Revise:

  • Seek out at least two colleagues in the NLGL program in addition to your advisor to provide peer feedback on your abstract and creative synthesis based on the NLGL Creative Synthesis Rubric. Based on the feedback you receive, you may choose to make revisions to more fully meet the rubric criteria.

Share, Publish, Act:

  • Be prepared to present your Creative Synthesis at the NLGL Design Studio Showcase during your final semester of your degree program, in conjunction with the ECI 508, Teachers as Leaders course.