Comparing, contrasting, and building empathy and perspective

An assistant principal from Goochland Middle School and the secondary ITRT in GCPS recently shared a very thought-provoking website that aids students in comparing and contrasting countries.  Beyond just statistics and factoids, I thought this would be a fascinating tool to use to build empathy and perspectives in global citizenship.  We, as Americans, tend to be pretty ethnocentric at times.  What a great way to remind ourselves – and our students – that the world is bigger than “us.”

The site also allows one to apply a disaster of some kind, like the BP oil spill, to your home region to show the geographic extent of the damage.  So cool!

Check out ifitweremyhome.com and let me know if you use it creatively with students.

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