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The interlocking "units" shown above can be arranged so that there is one individual unit, or multiple ones in circle. Seeing how these units interlock, students realize that collaboration is important*. The units are made so that they can link up with others, and this linkage is something seen in the "classroom space"*. When the units are combined into a circle, students have an especially "powerful image" of a perfectly connected ring*. They can sense and act on the teacher's encouragement that they join together in discussion. Feeling united with their classmates, students can deeply communicate and devote attention to "others' perspectives."
*References (sources of information that were incorporated in my response, or which provided helpful background information):
-EDCI397 with Dr. Lisa Bote (discussions and web postings about resilience and "global competence"; the following are some specific resources/links that were provided: http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational_leadership/sept10/vol68/num01/Seven_Essentials_for_Project-Based_Learning.aspx
http://asiasociety.org/education/partnership-global-learning/making-case/global-competence-prepare-youth-engage-world; foreword (by Gene Wilhoit) and Ch. 1 from Educating for Global Competence: Preparing Our Youth to Engage the World, by Veronica Boix Mansilla & Anthony Jackson)
-other courses I have taken (i.e. EDCI280 with Khara Schonfeld-Karan; high school literature classes, such as AP class with Michael Curtin)
-related ideas in EDCI461 with Dr. Rose Marie Codling (including a video we watched, which can be found at the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4E10e8zIkw#t=491)