Going Global with Ms. Freehill
Moroccan High Schools welcome us like royality. We have visited three schools. Each school has prepared a presentation, forum discuss about education, and offered us incredible hospitality. We have learned about the positives and negitive issues related
Meeting the students at Assafa High School
Today we observed Youseef, our host teacher, teach four different English language lessons. We helped the students clarify any questions they had about the grammar lesson. The students follow a prescribed curriculum that focuses on grammar, dialogues, reading comprehension and writing. I teach English language through content, but here it is taught more in isolation. The style of instruction is very teacher centered,but the students worked well with their partner. They made the best of their lack of resources, sharing photocopied textbooks. The students were on task and excited to volunteer their ideas to the class by eagerly raising their hands and calling out,” teacher, teacher...” The female students were more interested and actively participating, but they were all involved and eager to learn. The oldest group presented a Power Point presentation on four special Islamic holidays. Many of the students wanted our email addresses so they could contact us in USA.
We will return to this school numerous times during our week here, but tomorrow we will be giving a workshop on reading and writing strategies for students attending the University to become teachers. I will present on reading comprehension and writing a letter to share one’s concerns about an issue that impacts their lives . We will use a complex text about writing letters to Congress. My objective is to help them understand how to teach students to use strategies to comprehend the text, discuss and argue their opinions, and use leveled language frames to compose a formal letter to share their opinions with an authentic audience.
Here are some more pictures from the school.
School is open around this courtyard. There is no security and children relax in between classes outside in the fresh air.
Students are eager to learn. This is the computer lab for the school. There are 12 computers without internet for the students. Access to materials, books and resources are very limited,but students are still working hard.
Students participate in physical education.
Author Sheila Freehill- ELL teacher at Eagle Crest Elementary School-TGC fellow 2017-18 Morocco exchange.