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Learning Circles

Learning Circles are highly interactive, project-based partnerships among a small number of schools located throughout the world.

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A key to success in iEARN is developing effective relationships with educators around the network. Most educational systems do not emphasize or even encourage collaborative curriculum project work - even within the same school. Therefore, it is extremely important to establish relationships among teachers to facilitate the difficult task of collaborating on projects across diverse educational systems, time zones and school year schedules, cultural differences, linguistic obstacles, and the non-oral and non-visual learning medium of telecommunications. iEARN places a high priority on building these relationships - both online and during face-to-face meetings of teachers and students. As you explore, we recommend you keep this idea of building connections in mind and think about what you as a teacher can learn from others who are already working in the network.

There are three types of projects in iEARN:
  • Ongoing projects which run year after year continuously.

  • Short-term projects with a stated start and end date.

  • Learning Circles: A learning Circle is made up of a team of 6-8 teachers and their classes joined in the virtual space of an electronic classroom. The groups remain together over a 3-4 month period working on projects drawn from the curriculum of each of the classrooms and organized around a selected theme. At the end of the period the group collects and publishes its work.

Regardless of the particular framework of any iEARN project, it is important to keep in mind that all projects in iEARN are initiated and designed by teachers. As part of iEARN's mission to make a difference to the quality of life on our planet, teachers select projects related to local issues, look at how the project matches their curriculum needs and identify how they can integrate the project into their classroom. Since each classroom and school environment is different, an iEARN project can look different in each participating classroom where it is integrated as teachers adapt them to their students needs and available resources.

In this section, you will find a general overview of iEARN's model of global project-based learning. As you explore the network and identify themes and project structures that match your classroom interests and needs, you will also want to begin planning in more detail how to integrate project work into your classroom (see the Experience section).


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