Congratulations to Franklin First Grade Teacher Cheryl Wagner, who was selected to attend the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia's 2019 Seminar for K-12 Educators, which will be held at the University of Pittsburgh, September 3 through December 17.
This year's theme is "Intersections: East Asia and STEAM" and will provide an introduction to the cultures of China, Japan and Korea, with a special emphasis on ideas and cultural developments that make East Asia a distinct region. The 10 session seminar is designed to encourage and facilitate K-12 teaching and learning about East Asia in World History, Geography, Social Studies, Art and World Literature, and how STEAM topics intersect with East Asia.
Ms. Wagner became aware of this program through a visit to her school from the Japan-America of Pittsburgh Society last school year. She liked that the course will include a STEAM component to it and is anxious to translate what she will learn in this program into learning experiences for her students.
Ms. Wagner enjoys traveling and has visited 27 countries, including China in 2018. "I enjoy exposing my students to other cultures," she explains. "I think it's important to see that we are the same in many ways, despite our differences." One of the projects she enjoys doing with her students is a Flags of the World booklet that she makes. Students get to study the flags, color them in the booklet and write a few sentences about each of the flags. Last year her students enjoyed this project so much, she created a second booklet.