The Global Classroom at JMHS

Connecting students across the globe

The Global Classroom Project provides authentic opportunities for student learning through instructional opportunities intentionally designed to connect Portrait of a Graduate Attributes, Content, and the Sustainable Development Goals as identified by the United Nations.  

Global classrooms provide opportunities for students to collaborate with peers from around the world on authentic tasks and challenges through a variety of learning opportunities.

Students will also develop the knowledge, skills, and behaviors to be able to engage in collective action toward issues on the local, national, and global level.  Students learn the attributes of Portrait of a Graduate and utilize these skills as they work with peers from around the globe.

Richard Gongaware, Science Department faculty member, is the sole JMHS teacher participating in the FCPS Global Classroom program for 2018-19.  His ninth grade Honors Biology classes will address a specific United Nations Sustainability Goal, Life Below Water (Goal 14.2, Protect and Restore Ecosystems). Our aim is for students to better understand the effects of natural and anthropogenic phenomena on ecosystems, particularly the Chesapeake Bay. 

Within the classroom, student groups will be assigned to research a potential human impact on the bay.  Our sister school will research human impacts on an aquatic ecosystem of interest and importance to them.  Students of the respective schools will communicate to share successes and challenges, research findings, and ultimately present their conclusions to their sister school.  Students will then assess the findings of their international partners to suggest further research, effectively “swapping” their studied ecosystem with each other.  This should provide a broadened perspective and perhaps a fresh set of ideas, a true collaborative effort.

POG Skills Emphasized:

  • Contributing solutions
  • Communicating effectively
  • Promoting environmental stewardship

Technology Utilized:

Technology will play a major role in this initiative.  We plan on using the following technologies as support for learning and communication with our sister school:

  • Skype
  • Noodle
  • Padlet
  • Flipgrid
  • Google Classroom