Sharon McAdam, who teaches at Clayton Middle School, has received a 2015 Global Educator Award from VIF International Education.
McAdam, who is from Jamaica, received the award for a lesson plan promoting global awareness among her students.
“I try to give [the students] something to connect to,” she said. “Then, they are able to discover so much more.”
McAdam has been at Clayton Middle for four of her 11 years in the classroom. Instead of telling her students what they should do, she uses strategies that get them to discover what she wants them to learn.
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“Everyone has different learning styles, and it’s important to get them to think.” McAdam said. “I learn from you, you learn from me, and you learn from each other. That’s what global education is about — everybody bringing their different perspectives to the table.”
McAdam’s global lesson plan, “Create a Language,” incorporates technology and global principles into learning about language. She said incorporating technology into the lesson, not isolating it, encourages her students to create a finished product, gives them a form of ownership and shows them the importance of communication.
Garrett Tomlinson, manager of instructional services for VIF, said McAdam is an engaging, enthusiastic and knowledgeable global educator who is always willing to help others.
“Being a VIF teacher from Jamaica, she brings to her classroom a unique perspective about cultural differences,” Tomlinson said. “[McAdam] engages her students on global topics through the use of brainstorming, mind mapping, journaling and debating, making the content interesting and relevant.”
Tomlinson added that McAdam requires her students to synthesize and demonstrate their learning through project-based activities.
“No matter where you are in the world, education is the same,” McAdam said. “We experience similar situations and the systems are different, but we as global educators must move our eyes above our struggles and continue on.”