Educator Anu Bajpai’s goal is to “expand the horizons of our students through the study of global issues and the collaboration that may help solve them.”
Halfway around the world, Baltimore County science teacher and department chair Anu Bajpai asked students, “How many languages do you speak?” “Seven,” they said.
When school started this year, she asked her students at Windsor Mill Middle School the same question. “One,” said most of them.
Language fluency is just one of the cultural differences this teacher is discovering as she travels studying the traditions and expectations of learning and how they are changing. Bajpai’s trip this summer as a Teacher for Global Classrooms Fellow took her to Indonesia following a year-long adventure working with 47 other educators on globalizing classrooms.
This year as an NEA Global Learning Fellow, she’ll study global competence further, learning how educators can integrate global competencies into daily classroom instruction, advance pedagogy in their schools and districts, and prepare students to thrive in the 21st century. Her NEA fellowship ends next July with a nine-day trip to South Africa.
“My goal,” Baipal said, “is to help my colleagues with global competencies and expand the horizons of our students through the study of global issues and the collaboration that may help solve them.”