Learning by Doing: One Teacher's Opportunity to Teach Abroad or Musings from the Middle East
by Doug Jones
The hotel room was dark, and I couldn’t remember what city I was in. I was thirteen stories up, but some sort of moaning outside the sealed window woke me. The moaning had a pattern, and then I distinguished words, Arabic words, sung. I pulled back the curtains and saw a mosque lit up across the street. The muezzin was calling people to come pray to the God of Abraham. I was no longer in Idaho. I remembered I was across the Atlantic, in a busy, modern city, Sharjah, dedicated to prayer. This city in the United Arab Emirates, full of technology, traffic, high-rises, stylized mosques, patterned prayer, and a wonderful mix of ethnicities and cuisines, was my new home.
For some, the start of the new school year can feel as hopeful as New Year’s Day. What are our family goals this year? What will our schedule look like? How will we stay organized? I always loved back-to-school shopping. The smell of a new notebook, the shiny new folders and pointed pencils. I was ready for anything. But by Thanksgiving break, the notebook pages were ripped, the folders were stuffed, and pencil tips were dull. My intentions were good, but somehow school had swallowed me and I wasn’t able to keep everything organized. Math homework was in my history folder, history notes were in my science notebook. How could this have happened?
by Taemar Shearer
I looked around me, and after being sure I hadn’t forgotten any of the equipment, I began the preparations. Maddie was sitting near me propped up against a large oak. “Should you really be doing that on your own?” she asked.
“Of course, I’m thirteen. I’m a woman now, Maddie,” I said. I took a large handful of grass and mounded it in the very center. “You can’t tell me what to do like you used to.”
Free Talk by Laurie Detweiler
The folks at WordMP3.com have graciously made available a free talk by Laurie Detweiler called Developing Creativity that she gave several years ago at the Veritas Teacher Training. Click this link to WordMP3 and enter your email address to download it.
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