In March, Newton Country Day School History Department Chair Patience Berkman presented a workshop to 20 middle and high school teachers on climate change. Berkman gave her presentation The Race for Resources and Sustainability: To Compete or Collaborate at Primary Source, an education non-profit that offers professional development and curriculum resources to K-12 educators for more culturally responsive, globally inclusive teaching.
Berkman focused on the practices of China, India, and the United States to demonstrate the search for sustainable energy, food, and health practices in the face of global environmental threat. Berkman acknowledged that China and India are “global giants constantly looking to other places for sustainability after diminishing their own resources.” She noted that these countries are proactive as well as strategic in their thinking.
Using eight interactive stations that focused on different aspects of climate change, Berkman utilized videos, activities, articles, and political cartoons to demonstrate that teachers can use a variety of learning techniques with their students.
“I am most concerned with getting students geographically literate so they understand the strategic value of location,” said Berkman. “It can make a tremendous difference.”
Berkman teaches 6th and 7th grade girls at Newton Country Day. This summer she will attend the Global Studies Outreach National Conference at Harvard University from July 31-August 3.