Making Global Connections

Jan 26, 2014 | Lower School News, Media Galleries, Uncategorized

Some experts predict that not IQ, not EQ, but CQ will be the number one predictor of success. CQ refers to our cultural intelligence which extended well beyond the basic understandings of a culture’s food, language, and currencies.
We want to give our students the most authentic cross-cultural experiences possible. Reading about another culture is one thing, skyping with them is yet another. However, sharing your desk, organizing games at recess, and sharing a meal helps children overcome language barrier, respectfully interact, appreciate ways we are similar and different, and embrace their curiosity to learn more about the world around them.
For four days, our fourth through sixth grade Mount Vernon students hosted 23 third through sixth grade students from South Korea. From our buddy ceremony on Tuesday morning to our farewell waves on Friday afternoon, these children presented about our school, city, state, and country to the Korean Diplomats and students. We learned to collaborate regardless of the language barrier. And most importantly, we made new friends. We are thankful for our partnership with the South Korean Education System in order to provide an opportunity for our students to experience a global team in the classroom, and we hope these relationships will continue.
Please view this presentation made by Mrs. Edenfield’s fourth grade class for the Korean students. Β Their objective was to provide the Korean students or any foreign tourist a peer-guided look at their favorite Atlanta destinations.
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