Global Games for Diversity Education: New Ways of Learning in the 21st Century



ISBN: 978-1-885473-34-9
SIZE: 8.5 x 11


Play is a pure medium for bringing people of many experiences, cultures, backgrounds and characteristics together. These lessons using games from countries throughout the world introduce 10 Diversity Life Skills that promote empathy and understanding, and reinforce that we are all more similar than different. The methods used in this book employ experiential play and activities that are paired with focused reflection and the use of various processing tools. Providing structured reflection time with each activity allows for the processing of feelings and the creation of new ideas. Participants test new knowledge against old. Various processing techniques include questions, use of props, country proverbs and historical background information.




Table of Contents

National Education Standards

Unit 1: Why Learn About Diversity; What’s That All About?
Lesson 1: Ten Diversity Life Skills
1.0 Diversity Life Skills Introduction 
1.1 Rock, Paper, Scissors (Singapore)
1.2 Social Order Line Up
Lesson 2: Learning Everyone’s Name
2.0 Ubuntu Connections (South Africa)
2.1 Who Are You?
2.2 Oonch Neech (Pakistan)
Lesson 3: Looks Aren’t Everything
3.0 Diversity in Nature Tag
3.1 Jian-zi (China)
3.2 Ally Have You Ever
Lesson 4: Taking Care of Business
4.0 Ga-Ga (Israeli Dodge Ball)
4.1 Corporate Black Jack
4.2 Diversity in the Media
Lesson 5: Ways of Life
5.0 World Religions “Way of Life”
5.1 Build a Banner
5.2 Da Ga (Ghana)
5.3 Doorkeeper (Afghanistan)

Unit 2: Am I Different or the Same as Everyone Else?
Lesson 1: Diversity Characteristic: Social Class/Groupings
1.0 Diversity Characteristics Introduction
1.1 Diversity Poker Face
Lesson 2: Diversity Characteristic: Physical Abilities
2.0 Down, Down, Down (New Zealand)
2.1 Wolf Chase (First Nation Peoples North American Plains)
2.2 Chinese Ball (China)
Lesson 3: Diversity Characteristic: Ethnicity and Culture
3.0 Ethnicity Mingle
3.1 Culture Lemonade
Lesson 4: Diversity Characteristic: Gender
4.0 Afghan Kite Fighting (Afghanistan)
Lesson 5: Diversity Characteristic: Religious Beliefs
5.0 Irish Hurling (Tennis Polo)
5.1 End of Unit 2 Assessment: “Am I Different or the Same as Everyone Else?”

Unit 3: How Do I Live and Work With People Not Like Me?
Lesson 1: Diversity Life Skill: Active Listening
1.0 Cultural Communolugue
1.1 Chinese Whispers, a.k.a. Telephone
1.2 Catch Your Tail (Nigeria)
Lesson 2: Diversity Life Skill: Positive Confrontation
2.0 Nervous Wreck (New Zealand)
2.1 Conflict Colliding Eggs (Russia)
2.2 Back to Back, Did Ya’ Have To Say That?
2.3 Hakaka Moa
Lesson 3: Diversity Life Skill: Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
3.0 Chinese Fingers (China)
3.1 Drapeau/French Capture the Flag (Canada)
Lesson 4: Diversity Life Skill: Find Something in Common
4.0 Gulli Danda (India)
4.1 Buroinjin (Australia)
Lesson 5: Diversity Life Skill: Compromise and Acceptance
5.0 Morra (Italy)
5.1 Competitive Compromise
5.2 Kabaddi (Pakistan)
Lesson 6: Diversity Life Skill: Make an Experience Enjoyable
6.0 Chasing the Serpent (Belgium)
6.1 Culture Shock
6.2 Maori Ball (Tapu Ae, New Zealand)
Lesson 7: Diversity Life Skill: Cheer Others On
7.0 Down Under Ball (Australia)
7.1 Sota-Pani: Duck, Duck, Goose (India, Bangladesh)
7.2 Monkey Ball (United Kingdom)
7.3 Thumbs Up Joust (USA)
Lesson 8: One Person Can Make a Difference
8.0 The 16th Man Video
8.1 World Energy Ball

Appendix A: Video/Movie Resource List
Appendix B: Diversity Skills Daily Self-Evaluation
Appendix C: Diversity Life Skills Survey
Appendix D: Unit Games/Music List
Diversity Glossary
About the Author

Global Games

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