Going Global with Ms. Freehill
Morocco slide show presentations open the door for great questions and open dialogue about cultural differences and similarities.
In April, after returning from Morocco, it was a privildge to share my experiences with each grade level. I presented to each grade level ( about 100 students and their teachers at a time.) It was an excellent way for me to share about my fellowship and encourage students to ask questions and have open conversations about being Muslim. It was a great way to share my personal experiences with be welcomed. Students were enthusiastic and curious about my trip. They asked many questions and I could tell it opened up their perspectives and broadened their understanding of the world around them. It was an excellent opportunity to celebrate the diversity we have at Eagle Crest and offer suggestions for building our global compentencies without even leaving our own school.
Slideshow opens the door to Morocco without leaving Colorado.
Students in my ELL classes were able to try on Moroccan clothing and sample some Moroccan cuisine. Sharing the message of peace with others builds compassion and empathy.
When my students tried on the the Moroccan clothing, they began to ask questions about the Moroccan traditions and culture. It was a really simple way to allow the children to experience the culture. We generated lists of questions about Morocco and we slowly answered them using my first hard experiences or if I didn't have an answer, we researched the answer on the internet together. Students were excited to learn what life is like for people in other parts of the world. Their enthusiasm communicated a powerful message that bringing global education into my classroom was not going to be a passing fad, but an integral part of my curriculum design. Whenever I teach topics that are relevant to my students, their engagement, motivation and growth are easy to assess with authentic project based learning activities.
Author Sheila Freehill- ELL teacher at Eagle Crest Elementary School-TGC fellow 2017-18 Morocco exchange.