ABOUT THE PEN
Welcome, colleagues, to The Global Pen (GP, for short)!
What exactly is a “global pen” and what does it write? Well, this website was designed with teachers of writing in mind!
Do you teach formal essay writing in your high school classroom? This site is for you. Do you try to instill global awareness in your students through the process of research and analysis? This site is for you. Do you value student-centered learning? This site is for you.
This site is for any high school educator who is looking to take their writing curriculum to the next level by encouraging students to write about the “real” world, to consider “real” topics, and to take on a “real” approach to formal essay writing. The writing topics they will encounter span the academic curriculum–from literature to global warming to cultural norms and beyond. The lesson plan ideas, sequencing, and teaching methods/strategies are built to make such a massive task accessible to both you and your students.
Actually, the ink in this Global Pen was inspired by the Advance International Certificate of Education (AICE) Cambridge program, specifically the General Paper 8004 course, an accelerated writing curriculum where students can earn college credits for exemplary performance on their Cambridge General Paper writing exam.
For those of you who are new to the General Paper curriculum, this forum is most specifically designed for you. My AIM is to breathe creativity into your lesson plans (let there be LIFE!) by serving as your humble guide as we get acquainted with this vast but exciting course.
But there are a few things you must first understand…
#1…as teachers, we are born leaders. We endeavor to LEAD our students, torch in hand, as they follow us down the enlightening path of education. But as we navigate the occasionally daunting GP course together, allow me to be your guide. Sit back, relax, and don’t be afraid to let the teacher in you learn.
Which leads me to #2…I am, by NO means, the guru here. Yes, I claim my passion for the job, and yes, I claim a little experience along the way, but I am just a humble soul who wishes to SHARE—not dictate—what you do in the classroom. My locally famous, team-leading tagline? USE IT, OR LOSE IT…it’s up to you to decide what to do with the ideas suggested on this page.
Thus, #3…in getting started, I hope to give you a framework for teaching AICE: General Paper 8004 to the college-bound, high school-level student. I plan to offer lots of strategies and ideas to help you get started in hitting your learning targets; the activities I share are geared toward building a student-centered environment fit for cultivating a good ol’ fashioned love for learning. As our time together progresses, I hope the efforts will be reciprocated. As you get the hang of teaching this course, I’d love for us to share successes as they materialize. Therefore, my short-term goal is guidance, but our long-term goal is collaboration. As this site grows and matures, I plan to offer a variety of features for us to do just that! But for now, response comments, emails, and “weekly feature” participation will be an excellent way of communicating the variety of ideas we each have to offer.
Sooo, #4?…the joys of sharing, lol. Don’t be offended if someone takes your idea and runs wild with it. That’s what this is all about. What we throw out to each other comes right back to us like a boomerang of enhanced creativity. If I put a lesson plan idea out there and you decide to tinker with it, adjust it to your purpose–heck–reinvent it, well hey, good for you! Just be sure to get back to me on what you’ve managed to recall to life so I can grow from it too. We share with each other to inspire each other. Professional karma 😉 I don’t know about you, but I love being surrounded by people who want to contribute, not compete; so let’s keep this in mind, ok?
Ah, #5 (drumroll please)…my approach to this website is informative, however informal. I spend all day being a true professional in the classroom, in front of my administrators, in my dialogue with parents. I can continue to speak rather professionally if you’d like me to, but honestly, it goes against every bone in my blogging body here. I vow to give you the utmost professional advice I have to offer, but I’m going to adopt a conversational tone in doing so. In going the colloquial route (we, English teachers, value all forms of tone and diction!), I hope you, too, will embrace this relaxed version of professional dialogue…take a load off…put down the red pen…and let’s all enjoy talking like the cool people we are. It fosters a more open environment for sharing! In fact, who’s to say I’m not writing this entry in my pj’s with my dog in my lap?! And c’mon, you know how it is when you write an email to the English Department…admit it, you’re terrified of making a grammar or style mistake! Let’s aim to avoid such fears here because we are all fundamentally human, which makes us undoubtedly prone to error 😉 And I doubt I even need to tell you that teaching any curriculum for the first time, let alone GP, is one big cycle of trial and error/triumph!
But that’s why we have each other (awww! smiles…)!
I can’t wait to get started! Let’s make online history in effective teacher collaboration!
Jill Pavich, NBCT
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